The Western Museums Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting will be held in Tacoma, Washington on October 21-24. The theme of the 2018 Annual Meeting is INSPIRE, and will focus on the ways museums inspire action, change, and unity. Here is some practical information for attending the Annual Meeting and getting to know Tacoma.
Getting To Tacoma & Transportation
The closest airport to the Annual Meeting Hotel is SeaTac International Airport (SEA) which is 18 miles North of Tacoma. Below are several transportation options for traveling from the airport to downtown Tacoma.
Several times each day, the Amtrak Cascades winds from Seattle to Portland and vice versa. If you have the time, it's a lovely way to see Washington. If you are coming from points South of Portland, the Coast Starlight is a route originating in Los Angeles.
Downtown Tacoma is a relatively small area of Tacoma overall, but in the past decade it has grown to include some of the best restaurants, landmarks, and things to do in town, and is well known for historic buildings - most built at the end of the 19th century. Downtown T-Town began a process of renewal and revitalization in the 1990s. Today, there are several major museums, a range of dining spots, theaters, and public artwork galore.
Tacoma is the hometown of famed glass artist Dale Chihuly, and Tacoma's Museum District boasts the Museum of Glass, where you can admire artists' whimsical masterpieces and see the West Coast's largest hot shop. Other museums anchoring the district include the Washington State History Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Children's Museum of Tacoma, LeMay-America's Car Museum, and Foss Waterway Seaport Heritage Museum.
The theater district is also found downtown near the 9th and Broadway area. Here the Pantages Theater, Rialto, and Theater on the Square are linked to the rest of town via Link Light Rail and put on shows from classical music performances to jazz and blues to world-class plays. Near the Theater District, Antique Row is the best place in town to go antiquing as there are about 20 antique stores all within a couple of blocks of each other.
University of Washington - Tacoma campus is also located in the heart of downtown, across from Union Station. The campus is attractive and has a bookstore open to the public. It's also the location of the bulk of Tacoma's ghost signs (signs painted onto historical buildings that are often a hundred or more years old).
Restaurants and Breweries
Tacoma has a wide-range of dining options. Here a few choices that are in walking distance to Hotel Murano.
Pacific Grill- 1501 Pacific
The Koi Japanese Cuisine- 1552 Commerce St Ste 100
Elemenal Pizza- 1702 Pacific Ave
Gagala Thai Cusinie- 1129 Broadway
The Swiss Resturant and Pub- 1904 Jefferson Ave
Indochine Asian Dining Lounge- 1924 Pacific Ave
Savor Creperie- 1916 Pacific
Pho Than Brothers- 1712 Pacific Ave
Steel Creek American Whiskey Co.- 1114 Broadway
El Gaucho- 2119 Pacific Ave
The state of Washington is considered by many to be the birthplace of the craft beer revolution. Tacoma is packed with opportunities to imbibe whether you crave the industrial feel of a small brewery; creative gourmet eats along with your brews, or menus with literally dozens of local beers. Tacoma has always been a beer town. And these days business is booming. Several independent craft beer makers are reviving the city’s historic brewery district.