CULTURE

Published on May 9th, 2014 | by Michael Fitzgerald

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Museum of Glass welcomes Donna, their TWO MILLIONTH visitor!

Today one lucky Tacoma tourist was rewarded with a prize package worth about $8,000 just for wanting to check out some glass art.

Museum of Glass director Susan Warner was beaming with pride, “it’s really, really awesome. I mean, two million people at a glass museum!”

Donna Chilson was the lucky visitor to hit the milestone. Chilson came from Washington D.C. to visit her sister, Cynthia Chilson-Finger, in Woodinville (Cynthia is pictured above, cutting the cake). They were on a sightseeing trip to visit Stadium High School, but the Museum’s Bridge of Glass caught their eye so they decided to stop in.

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“Crystal Towers” on the Bridge of Glass. The two millionth visitor was visiting Tacoma to see Stadium High School but was lured in to the museum when she saw the bridge. Photo by Michael Fitzgerald

When asked how it feels to be a winner, Chilson replied, “Weird!” Her prize package included a Dale Chihuly Piccolo Vase filled with flowers, a MOG Store bag filled with goodies, a $500 annual membership to the museum, a night at the Hotel Murano, $75 gift certificate to the Murano’s restaurant Bite, and a personal behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum’s Hot Shop. The sisters have decided to share custody of the vase.

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Representatives from the Museum of Glass welcome their two millionth visitor (left-to-right: MOG Executive Director Susan Warner, Donna Chilson, Cynthia Chilson-Finger, and MOG Board of Trustees Chairman Gail Weyerhaeuser)

The Museum’s Digital Media Coordinator Alexandra Carr said two million visitors is an exciting mark to reach right before Museum Week Northwest, which runs May 16 through May 23. The Museum of Glass will offer two for one admission for the occasion.

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Cake was provided by Celebrity Cake Studio for the special event.

At the end of the special week, the MOG will experiment with its first-ever live webcast from the museum’s hot shop on Friday May 23 featuring the work of Native American glass artist Preston Singletary.

Warner estimates that cultural tourists spend at least $50 in Tacoma when visiting the Museum, which shows that investing in local art institutions can have a big economic benefit.

The Museum of Glass will celebrate their 12th anniversary this July. Learn more about ongoing exhibitions and events on their website museumofglass.org.

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More than a museum, the Museum of Glass is a photographers muse. Here are just a few of the incredible images of MOG you can find on flickr.

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Michael Fitzgerald

Mike is the owner of Destiny City Comics and a contributor to Post Defiance.



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