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Originally published Friday, May 10, 2013 at 10:07 AM

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Day trip: Tacoma museums

Over the past 17 years, Tacoma’s Museum Row, along Pacific Avenue, has developed into a place to spend a pleasantly informative, dawdling day.

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Over the past 17 years, Tacoma’s Museum Row, along Pacific Avenue, has developed into a place to spend a pleasantly informative, dawdling day. You can park the car and wander on foot between the Washington State History Museum (www.washingtonhistory.org/wshm), the cutting-edge Museum of Glass (museumofglass.org), Tacoma Art Museum (www.tacomaartmuseum.org) and the Children’s Museum of Tacoma (www.playtacoma.org ).

All that got even more revved up last year with the opening nearby of LeMay — America’s Car Museum, one of the nation’s more distinguished collections of fantastic fins, gorgeous grills and generally amazing automobilia (www.lemaymuseum.org).

Getting there: Park at Sound Transit’s Tacoma Dome Station (Exit 133 from I-5), within walking distance of the car museum, and catch the free Tacoma Link light rail, which follows Pacific Avenue into the city to put you within a short walk of all four other museums.

Information: downtowntacoma.com/museum-row

Brian J. Cantwell: 206-748-5724 or bcantwell@seattletimes.com

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