Public Programs

AS A CULTURAL CENTER in the community, the Whatcom Museum presents myriad programs that interpret its exhibitions and relate to its mission as a place for gathering and learning about art, nature and Northwest history. From lectures and performances to workshops, tours and special series, the programs are designed to connect people and ideas around the changing cultural, natural, and historical landscapes.

Presentations and events related to current exhibitions include slide shows and talks by exhibiting artists, curators, and historians, panel discussions, films, community collaborations, and family programs. See current exhibition programs here.

Included below are both Museum-sponsored and Museum-hosted series:

Brown Bags — these programs are an eclectic mix of presentations and performances designed to entertain and inform participants about the cultural and historic resources in our community. Topics range from musical performances, historical research, art exhibition related programs, and the natural history of our region. They take place most 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month. These events are presented in part by Village Book.

Family Activity Days — Approximately four times a year we offer fun-filled Saturday afternoons themed to connect with current exhibitions and/or in celebration of the seasons or local cultures. Activities are geared for children of all ages accompanied by caregivers and include art and craft projects and entertainment such as storytelling or music. We regularly team up with cultural partners, including Allied Arts, Bellingham Storyteller’s Guild, Northwest Indian College, Pickford Film Center, and the ReStore, to make Family Activity Days wonderful community events.

AHA! After Hours Art — Every Thursday night the Lightcatcher building is open until 8 PM with reduced $5 admission, we take it to a new level by providing a spcial AHA! program free with admission that provides the culture hit that's perfect for after work or school.

Downtown Art Walk — The Lightcatcher building is FREE from 6 – 10 PM quarterly for Downtown Art Walks! See our events calendar for dates.

Whatcom History — The Whatcom Museum hosts the monthly Whatcom County Historical Society programs on the second Thursday of each month from October through April.

Thursday Travelogues — Sponsored by the Bellingham's Parks and Recreation Department, this popular series features local travelers presenting stories and photographs from around the world. The Travelogue series runs first and third Thursdays in the fall and winter. Light refreshments served. No need to pre-register – just bring your curiosity.

NWAIA Film Series — Sponsored by the Northwest Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, this film series shows each fall at the Whatcom Museum.

Advocates Programs — The Whatcom Museum Advocates is an advocacy group that supports the Museum. Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month from September-May at 11:30 AM with a program at noon that highlights art, local history or current Museum exhibitions. All meetings are free and open to the public. Come for the program — come back to get involved, get to know new people and support the Museum.

History Cruise — Presented weekly each summer and led by Bellingham native Brian Griffin, this popular program takes a look at Bellingham’s past, present and future from the scenic perspective of Bellingham Bay.

Throughout the year the Museum offers concerts and seasonal music programs, including two free summer concerts sponsored by the Bellingham Festival of Music. Most concerts take place in the Old City Hall Rotunda Room, which has amazing acoustics and an excellent piano. The Lightcatcher building courtyard and entry hall is also a great performance venue. Both buildings are available for event and concert rental.

In addition to quarterly Family Activity Days and child-specific exhibition programs, the Family Interactive Gallery (FIG) plays host to a rich variety of classes, activities and programs designed especially for kids. Visit the Family pages to learn more, and know that the best way to stay up to date on all the fun and games is to subscribe the FIG Newsletter.

Series and Concerts

Fri Nov 27 @12:00PM - 05:00PM
Deck the Old City Hall
Sat Nov 28 @12:00PM - 05:00PM
Deck the Old City Hall
Sun Nov 29 @12:00PM - 05:00PM
Deck the Old City Hall
Thu Dec 03 @12:00PM - 05:00PM
Deck the Old City Hall
Fri Dec 04 @12:00PM - 05:00PM
Deck the Old City Hall
Sat Dec 05 @12:00PM - 05:00PM
Deck the Old City Hall
Sun Dec 06 @12:00PM - 05:00PM
Deck the Old City Hall
Thu Dec 10 @11:30AM - 01:00PM
Museum Advocates: Bellingham High School Showstoppers
Thu Dec 10 @12:00PM - 05:00PM
Deck the Old City Hall
Thu Dec 10 @ 7:30PM -
Historical Society: Holiday Open Mic

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


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

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

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