MORE THAN 200 VOLUNTEERS assist us annually on tasks ranging from fundraising events, mailings, distribution of promotional materials, cataloging and archiving,  gallery preparation and exhibition tours. The Whatcom Museum is very grateful to all those who donate their time and talent to our organization. Care to join the fun? If you are interested in the Museum’s Volunteer Program, see our guidelines and opportunities below, then call 778-8939 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 Volunteer Guidelines:

  • Register as a volunteer (includes a state-mandated background check)
  • Abide by the policies and procedures of the Museum
  • Attend a one-time, volunteer-orientation session
  • Record all of your volunteer hours
  • Establish a regular schedule with the head of the department with which you will be volunteering
  • Collaborate with staff and other volunteers

If you love art, researching art and historical topics, and interacting with the public, or would like to develop these skills to lead engaging, interactive gallery tours, you should explore becoming a docent. The initial training involves 12 classes that meet weekly for 2 ½ hours. Museum Docents make a 12-month commitment to lead gallery tours to enhance our visitors’ museum experience.

We are currently accepting applications for our fall docent training session. Initial training takes about three months, with once a week sessions lasting from 9-11:30am. Additional workshops precede each new exhibition. Our fall training session begins September 10 and concludes November 17, 2015. New docents will begin touring the exhibition, Chipping the Block, Painting the Silk: The Color Prints of Norma Bassett Hall after Christmas. If you are interested in learning more about the Docent program or applying, please call Docent Educator Marilyn Burns by August 14th at 360-778-8938 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Founded in 1968, the Whatcom Museum Advocates (formerly the Guild or Docents) is an advocacy group whose purpose is to raise money to help underwrite museum operation costs and provide enriching public programs for museum members. A standing committee of the Whatcom Museum Foundation, the Advocates host museum openings and monthly programs, organizes fundraising and special events, as well as contributing countless volunteer hours in support of the museum staff.

Monthly meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month, September through June and start at 9:30 AM with refreshments, followed by a program at 10 AM. Please check our calendar for current programs.

Beginning in 2015, programs will be moved to start at Noon.



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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