If you haven’t been into the lobby of the Hotel Murano by now, shame on you. It’s the biggest hotel to hit Tacoma in a while, and the scope of the glass art collection there is huge. Here’s the story I did on it back when it opened in March. The list of artists is pretty much a who’s who in the glass art world, from Venetians like Massimo Micheluzzi (the octopus chandelier near reception) and Europeans like Alison Kinnaird to the Japanese Masayo Odahashi and locals like Martin Blank and Dante Marioni.
When I wrote that piece, though, I remember thinking that while Vibeke Skov’s Viking boats over the central corridor are all very impressive, most Tacomans wouldn’t actually get to see the incredible detail of work and documentary photography that goes into the 21 guest floors, each devoted to a single artist (unless, of course, you happen to know someone staying there with a room pass.)
The Murano has solved that problem. The hotel is now offering public tours of the whole collection, including the private floors, meeting rooms and so on, every second Tuesday at 2 p.m. There’s a minimum group number of five people, so get your friends together and book in. Docents from the Museum of Glass (who really know their stuff) lead the tours, and the $5 fee goes straight back to MoG.
To book, call Jana Clifford on 253-591-4141. The Murano is located at 1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma.