Current Exhibits

New Exhibits Opening September 2, 2021
  • Timber Town
  • Bridging Cultures and Hidden Treasures: The History of Tacoma's Sister Cities and Ports

Timber Town

CURATOR: Elizabeth Korsmo

This exhibit explores wood as an industry and touchpoint in Tacoma history. The primary focus is on the changes that mechanization brought into forestry c.1920, and the different related industries (paper, furniture, musical instruments, even toys) that developed in Tacoma around the lumbermills, again focusing on the second quarter of the 20th century. The final section addresses the legacy of the lumber industry in Tacoma.

 

Bridging Cultures and Hidden Treasures: The History of Tacoma's Sister Cities and Ports

Curator: Christina Januszewski

Travel through time and space! Explore the continuing legacy of Tacoma's Sister and Friendship Cities and Ports around the world. From local exchanges in the arts, education, business, sports, and culture, these relationships have fostered peace, friendship, creativity, humanitarian aid, and lots of treasured gifts. See stunning examples of the treasures from these exchanges and learn the extensive history and continuing impact of these unique and little-known links that Tacoma enjoys on the world's stage. You may  find your own way to join in with the celebration and travel of these community-based Committees. Some of the treasures you will see include elaborate dress wear from Japan, Korea and Taiwan, unique blown glass from France, cork and lacquerware from China and Taiwan, and our legendary dragon boat head and tail. This is the easiest way to feel like you've gone abroad without a plane ticket!

View the program from the exhibit's opening reception here:

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