Buildings

THE WHATCOM MUSEUM

occupies three distinctive and historically significant buildings in downtown Bellingham's cultural district. For information regarding hours and admission, please click here.

Lightcatcher Silhouette OCH Silhouette Syre Silhouette

 

Buildings

THE WHATCOM MUSEUM occupies three distinctive and historically significant buildings in downtown Bellingham's cultural district.

THE LIGHTCATCHER is designed by Olson Kundig Architects’ founding partner, Jim Olson. The building is named for its focal point and most innovative feature — a spectacular, translucent wall 37 feet high and 180 feet long, that captures the Northwest’s most precious natural resource: sunlight. The 42,000-square-foot-building integrates natural materials native to the region and is the first museum in Washington designed and registered to LEED Silver-Level specifications. The Lightcatcher hosts a rotating schedule of art exhibitions throughout the year as well as a Family Interactive Gallery (FIG).

THE SYRE EDUCATION CENTER is home to a classroom space and permanent historical exhibits for group tours and school field trips including "Northwest Coast First Nations", "Pioneer Life," "Logging," and "Birds of the Pacific Northwest." Built in 1926 as the City of Bellingham’s fire hall and adjacent to the 1892 Old City Hall Building, the Whatcom Museum’s widely recognized Photo Archives are also located on the second floor of the Syre Education Center; the archives are open to the public for research.

OLD CITY HALL, home to Whatcom Museum since 1941, is a beloved city landmark. With its Victorian cupolas and central clock tower a stately community presence for more than a century, the history of the building and its inhabitants (including prisoners!) remains central to the Whatcom Museum’s mission. While our fine art exhibitions have moved to the climate-controlled galleries of the Lightcatcher, Old City Hall is open with one historical exhibition, and remains the site for many of our most popular programs. General visitor hours are Thursday - Sunday 12 - 5 PM.  One admission gets you into Old City Hall and The Lightcatcher!

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LIGHTCATCHER
Wednesday - Sunday, noon-5pm;
open Thursday until 8pm; open Saturday at 10am

250 Flora Street, Bellingham, WA 98225  

Family Interactive Gallery (FIG)
Wednesday - Saturday, 10-5pm; Sunday noon-5pm
250 Flora Street, Bellingham, WA 98225
 

  

OLD CITY HALL
Thursday - Sunday, noon-5pm; for select programs.
121 Prospect Street, Bellingham, WA  98225




PHOTO ARCHIVES
Wednesday - Friday, 1-5 pm.
201 Prospect Street, Bellingham, WA 98225

Between May 20 and June 26, 2015, the Photo Archives will have different hours due to roof work on the building.

CLOSED Wednesday; Thursday and Friday 1-5PM (check in with the attendant at Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street)

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