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TAM Announces Temporary Closure

Updated November 16, 2020

Effective November 17, and further to Governor Inslee’s proclamation of 11/15/2020, which mandated closure of museums until at least December 14th, Tacoma Art Museum will be temporarily closed to the public, volunteers, and staff until at least the New Year.

“With the health and safety of our community, visitors, volunteers, and staff as our top priority, TAM will be closed starting November 17, 2020, and will not open until after the December holidays,” states David F. Setford, Executive Director of Tacoma Art Museum. “Leadership does not see much likelihood that the museum sector will be allowed to re-open until there is a much lower infection curve. In addition, we feel we owe it to the community to help reduce infections, and to our staff to be able to have some control over their lives for the next 6 weeks or so. While we are closed, we will continue our mission-centered work connecting people through art. We invite the community to join us on our digital platforms,  including our website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to continue learning and  engaging with the Museum.”

Despite the temporary closure, the care of the Museum’s collections, development of educational resources and programs, and the planning of future exhibitions will continue. TAM’s virtual offerings continue to be available online, including the museum’s latest exhibition, South Sound Selects: Community Choices from the Collection, the 16th annual Dia de los Muertos celebration, and a variety of educational resources from TAM at Home. More information about upcoming virtual events can be found on the Museum’s events calendar.

TAM will continue to suffer revenue losses during the closure. Donations to support TAM can be made on the Museum’s website.

Our heartfelt thanks go to all of the healthcare professionals in Washington and beyond who are aiding the ill, working toward containment, and alleviating concerns. Our thoughts and caring extend to all those who are suffering as a result of this outbreak.

Reopening Update

Updated September 29, 2020

Plans are underway for our beloved Tacoma Art Museum to tentatively reopen to the public on Friday, October 9. Since closing March 13, TAM staff has been hard at work creating a reopening strategy to provide a safe and healthy environment for visitors and staff. David F. Setford, TAM’s Executive Director, served on the state-wide committee which created museum specific reopening procedure recommendations that was submitted to the Office of Governor Jay Inslee. Following the guidelines from Washington State and Pierce County Health Department, new procedures will be in place to help us all get back to seeing art with a nearly contactless experience for visitors.

Read more about increased safety measures and how to plan your next visit on the TAM Blog.  

Updated August 21, 2020

Due to the high rates of infection still prevailing within the community, and on the advice of the Tacoma/Pierce County Health Department, Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) will not be re-opening at this time.

“Our first duty is to our community and our staff, and that will always be our prime concern. We are thrilled that Governor Inslee moved reopening museums to Phase 2 and 3, and we look forward fervently to the day when we can re-open. However, we also want to play our part in controlling the community infection rate of COVID-19 so that kids can go back to school as soon as possible and more businesses can open. Many of our most frequent visitors are in older age groups who are more susceptible to this virus. Therefore, for the time being TAM will focus on digital programs,” stated David F. Setford, TAM’s Executive Director. “At this point in time, on advice from Dr. Anthony Chen from the Tacoma/Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD) and with the steady daily infection and death rates, we do not feel that it is yet safe enough for our staff and visitors to return to the Museum. We will remain in contact with TPCHD on a weekly basis and we are keeping our fingers firmly crossed that the numbers in Pierce County will continue to decline as they have done over the last week or so.”

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

updated March 13, 2020

The health and safety of our members, staff, volunteers, and visitors is of the utmost importance. Following the lead and directive of our state health and government officials as a measure to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community, Tacoma Art Museum is temporarily closing to the public effective 5 pm on Friday, March 13, 2020.  We will share updates to our operating status on our website  and social media channels.

While the building is closed to the public, TAM staff will still maintain our commitment to connecting communities through art. Join us on our digital platforms, including  Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, to continue learning and engaging with the museum.

Despite the temporary closure, the care of our collection, development of educational resources and programs, and the planning of future exhibitions will continue. If you would like to support the efforts of our nonprofit institution while our doors are temporarily closed, please visit our website to become a member or make a donation.

Our heartfelt thanks to all of the healthcare professionals in Washington and beyond who are  aiding the ill, working toward containment, and alleviating concerns. Our thoughts and caring extend to those who are suffering as a result of this outbreak.

If events, fundraisers or plans are cancelled at nonprofit organizations that you support, please consider making an online donation.

We appreciate your support.