I decided to check out the Botanical Conservatory in Tacoma today. I had it on my list as a possible venue for Tacoma Sketchers. I found it rather small. I’d guess it’s about half the size of the one in Seattle’s Volunteer Park.
It is a Victorian building, opened in 1908.
Inside the tropical wing. It was nice and warm. A sculpture hides amid the riot of plants.
There was a small koi pond with this impressively large white koi
I also looked into the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum. (Oy, the website uses frames…. how 1990’s! I hated frames even then).
I discovered it while using Google maps to look at the area around the Conservatory. The building is interesting. It is one of thirteen in this system of library-museums. The manuscript collection rotates among them. I was not very impressed. I wasn’t very interested in their current exhibit. I did not think the papers were displayed well either. And the heat in the building was “broken” so it was quite chilly, with a smell of damp. I might be interested in returning to sketch the exterior.