• Technical Conference:  09 – 12 October 2023
  • Science + Industry Showcase:   09 – 11 October 2023
  • Greater Tacoma Convention Center, Tacoma (Greater Seattle Area), Washington, USA

Discover Tacoma

Enhance your experience beyond the conference.

Washington Monument at night

Known for its world-renowned glass art, Tacoma’s vibrant urban core is alive with culture. Find yourself surrounded by creativity and city sophistication when you eat, shop and stroll Tacoma’s downtown. The friendly city inspires many to celebrate the melding of old and new. Explore the city's particular affinity for classic cars of yesteryear. Step into historic theaters to enjoy the latest in performing arts.

Tacoma is a place unlike any other. It combines big-town opportunities with a small-town feel. There is easy access to waterfront activities and views, and a beautiful community of outgoing people that create a warmth and friendliness that’s almost indescribable. Everyone from artists to industrialists have found exactly what they’re looking for in Tacoma.

Area Attractions


Museum of Glass

Experience contemporary glass art in a breathtakingly beautiful museum on Tacoma's revitalized waterfront. Noted for its distinctive architecture, the massive 90-foot-tall, stainless-steel cone houses the world’s largest Hot Shop Amphitheater. Feel the heat and watch artists in action — see a chalk sketch transformed into a beautiful sculpture or, as the artists push the limits, a pile of broken glass on the floor. In the galleries, experience extraordinary 20th- and 21st-century glass art with changing exhibitions alongside the museum’s permanent collection.

Create your own art in the education studio, watch a documentary or attend a lecture in the theater, grab lunch or a sweet treat in the Museum Café and take home a treasure from the finest museum store around. Outdoors, the unique architecture of the plazas and three reflecting pools provide an evocative public setting for glass sculpture and leads to the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, the spectacular pedestrian walkway that features three installations of colorful glass created by Tacoma’s native son, Dale Chihuly.


Foss Waterway Seaport

A heritage museum that features hands-on displays, a wooden boat shop and a functional dock. Imagine a faithfully restored 100-year-old building that has served the shores of Tacoma since it was built. It now houses the greatest collection of marine history in the South Sound. The seaport museum is equal parts education facility, boat shop, maritime museum, dock, moorage and iconic events venue.




Lemay - America's Car Museum

LeMay – America’s Car Museum, an entity of America’s Automotive Trust, is an international destination for families and auto enthusiasts to celebrate America’s love affair with the automobile. The stunning 165,000-square-foot facility has been recognized as one of MSN’s 10 Best Automotive Museums worldwide, USA Today’s 10 Best Museums in Seattle and KING5’s Best Museum in Western Washington. The museum serves as an educational center for students of all ages, features 12 rotating exhibits and hosts four annual signature events.