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Union Station

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Address: Tacoma, WA
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+1 202-795-9966

This grand relic from the golden age of rail travel was re-opened to...

This grand relic from the golden age of rail travel was re-opened to visitors in the early 1990s.

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Lovely architecture!!!!!Limited things to see but boy are those things great!!!

As it serves as a courthouse as well you need to show ID, but some lovely pieces of Chihuly glass inside! Also loved the architecture, so glad they saved this building!!!!!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 July 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2015

As it serves as a courthouse as well you need to show ID, but some lovely pieces of Chihuly glass inside! Also loved the architecture, so glad they saved this building!!!!!

Thank GailCrockett
Bellingham, Washington
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415 reviews
151 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2015

Historic, interesting building, with domed roof, in the midst of an nice walking area, near shops & restaurants. Lots of art installations. Not too busy.

Thank josanpu
Blacksburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2015

Wonderfully restored building at the large scale, but it would have been nice to still see some trace elements of the old train station in the interior. The Chihuly displays were wonderful (and it's free).

Thank BburgTina
Frostproof, Florida
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28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2015

Union Station is easy to stop by after crossing the Chihuly Bridge of Glass. And take an ID because it is now an old courthouse. The guard is so friendly and will explain how to take pictures. The Chihuly works inside are definitely worth going in to see and don't forget to take a picture with the life size bronze... More 

1 Thank judyg0313
Fairbanks, Alaska
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60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2015

Most of the building you can see from outside on several sides and appreciate the lines/details on the inside. Even the work/restore area is visible through. Love large windows. This would be a 'must see' even if were in a major city.

Thank Sasha R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2015

Great restoration of historic grand train station. Nice self viewed displays of when it was in operation as a station. Also beautiful glass window displays. Great save as many of these grand buildings were torn down. It is a working court house so you need to show id to enter.

Thank A925FTjamesl
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2015

OK - somewhere along my quest to find something fun to spend an afternoon in Tacoma, I came upon some information for the union station - that it had been turned into a dining and shopping mecca. More like indoor garage sale with sketchy products and on the edge of town. Scary.

Thank Jenni B
Salem, Oregon
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87 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2015

Entry is free! Show i.d.as you go into this former train station, now a Federal Court House. Ask guard for guidelines if you want to take photos. The grand rotunda provides a wonderful setting for several huge Chihuly installations. The orange "Monarch" pieces in the window across from the entrance is one of 4 masterpieces to admire.

2 Thank CascadeSalem
Spanaway, Washington
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18 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2015

A beautiful place to pop in and see some lovely art pieces. Not a lot to see but worth the visit. Make sure to take a couple of pictures with the gentleman out front.

Thank Lavinna P
Denver, Colorado
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140 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2015

Here you will find more Chihuly art for your viewing pleasure. A large chandelier graces the middle of the atrium and several other large installments of his art can be found on each wall. It's definitely worth a stop. It's free to get in, but be ready to show your ID and chat with a pleasant security guard to get... More 

Thank Wine30

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