TAM’s Reopening Plans

As part of the transition into Phase 3 of the Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery Plan, the Tacoma Art Museum is excited to announce that we will be reopening the Museum to the public starting Friday, April 16. Since closing on March 13, 2020 and again on November 13, 2020, TAM staff have worked diligently to ensure we provide a safe and healthy environment for all visitors and staff.

Once we reopen to the public, visitors will be able to experience our latest exhibitions in person for the first time since debuting online. South Sound Selects: Community Choices from the Collection, which opened virtually in November 2020, broadens the curatorial voice at the Tacoma Art Museum by highlighting works from the Museum’s collection as chosen by twenty-seven curators from the community. Our newest exhibition, Painting Deconstructed: Selections from the Northwest Collection, takes a deep dive into the art of painting by focusing on the core components that come together to create a finished image. We’re also excited to feature new selections in the Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Wing as part of Metaphor into Form: Art in the Era of the Pilchuck Glass School, including a new installation in the project space, Glass as Canvas.

“As we move towards reopening our Museum, I am delighted that our guests and patrons will soon be able to see in person the exhibitions our Curatorial team has worked so hard to put together,” stated Executive Director David Setford. “We know community members are looking forward to having in-person access to museums again as these spaces are a source of solace and joy. We are enthusiastic to welcome guests and members back into the Museum to explore refreshed galleries and brand-new exhibitions that present TAM’s collection in exciting and engaging ways.”  

Maintaining a Healthy and Safe Environment at TAM:

In addition to a robust, regular cleaning and sanitization of all surfaces, handles, and other frequently touched areas, TAM will be working to implement additional air purification technology. This system will be installed in the existing HVAC system and will work to neutralize viruses (including coronaviruses), bacteria, pathogens, mold spores, harmful gases throughout the entire museum and add an additional layer of comfort and safety for our visitors and staff.

To allow for enhanced cleaning, Museum hours will change to 10 am – 5 pm Friday through Sunday. The Museum Store will be open during museum hours and will limit visitors to 5 at a time. TAM’s Art Studio, TAM Cafe, and hands-on gallery interactives will be temporarily unavailable, as will access to the lockers and coat check.

Key Notes on Visiting TAM:

  • Advanced reservation of timed admission tickets can be made online at
  • Wear a mask to enter and visit the Museum. Should you forget your mask, they will be available free of charge at the welcome desk.
  • Leave coats and large bags at home if possible as coat check and lockers will not be available.
  • Utilize the contactless and motion-activated hand sanitizer stations that will be available at various locations in the Museum.

Find resources and safety tips by visiting our website and checking out our updated TAM Visit Guide. Learn more about the Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery and other tips for staying safe as the state transitions into Phase 3 by visiting

Please be aware that all dates, plans, and policies are subject to change. We look forward to seeing you soon!


TEMPORARY HOURS: Friday through Sunday 10 am to 5 pm.

ADMISSION – $18 Adult, $15 Student/Senior (65+), $40 Family (2 adults and up to four children age 6-18), Children 5 and under free every day. Children 18 and under free every Saturday. TAM Members; active duty military, reservists, veterans, and their families always free.

CONTACT – 253-272-4258/

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