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Historic Art and Artifact Online Database

Explore Tacoma's art and artifacts!

Online, searchable catalog makes it easy

Within Tacoma's parks and green spaces are monuments and artworks that speak to the heritage and culture of the city.

Our online, searchable catalog is designed to help answer common questions about our parks' monuments and art pieces, as well as spur your interest in learning more about the history of Tacoma.

The catalog is a work-in-progress, with many more photos scheduled to be added over the coming months.

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If you’d like to learn more about some of the other artworks around town, checkout the Tacoma-Pierce County Public Art Tour or the Tacoma Public Art Map to see what surprises wait in your neighborhood! 

Tips for Searching

Keyword Search

  • The Keyword Search button allows you to perform a general search across multiple fields for any catalog records online.
  • Keyword searches use OR as the default connector between words (e.g. a search for Bronze Statue will return records associated with Bronze OR Statue).
  • If you want to find records where both keywords are found, type in AND between the two words.
  • To search for a specific phrase, be sure to put the phrase within quotes (e.g. "Picnic Shelter").
  • You can also use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard (e.g. a search for histor* would come up with records containing history, histories, historical, etc.).
  • Searches are not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

  • The Advanced Search button can help you be more specific with your search.
  • You can search for a word or phrase within a particular search category or use multiple categories to further narrow down your search results.
  • For example, searching White in the People field will bring up any records associated with a member of the White family, without having to sift through black & white photographs.
  • You can also search People and Creator records through Advanced Search.
  • Phrase searching with quotes and use of wildcards (*) are available in Advanced Search.

Random Images

  • The Random Images button is a great way to just browse the collection.
  • Each Random Images page displays a random assortment of images from the records online.
  • If something piques your interest, click the thumbnail to view a larger version of the image.

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