On view in the Lightcatcher courtyard is Bull Jumper, by C.A. Scott, 2004; Polychrome steel. Purchased with 2004 Arts Acquisition Funds for the Whatcom Museum's permanent collection.

On view in the Lightcatcher courtyard is Bull Jumper, by C.A. Scott, 2004; Polychrome steel. Purchased with 2004 Arts Acquisition Funds for the Whatcom Museum’s permanent collection.


Can I access your collections on the web?

How do I donate to the collection?

Does the museum provide appraisals?

Who can repair my object or artwork?

Didn’t see your question? Contact the Curator of Collections.


Whatcom Museum seeks to provide public access to its broad and varied collections through exhibitions, educational programs, and now through greater presence of images on our web site. Watch for new groups of images to be added regularly that will continue to feature objects, works of art, and historic photographs that best illuminate the history and culture of our community and the broader Pacific Northwest region. Access to selected images from our collection can be found HERE!


Gifts of artwork and historic materials play an important role in helping the Museum expand its permanent collection. Objects offered for acquisition must be reviewed and approved by the Museum’s Collections Committee, which is charged with accepting only those items of historic or artistic significance in support of the Museum’s mission.

To ensure that the Collections Committee has sufficient information to properly evaluate your proposed donation, you should be prepared to submit the following information:

  • A photograph of the object
  • A brief description of the object, including dimensions and condition
  • All available information on the age, history, and origin of the object
  • Your name, address, and phone number

Donations of tangible items may be tax deductible to the extent of the full fair market value of the objects donated. It is the sole responsibility of the prospective donor to provide fair market valuation. The Museum is prohibited from providing a tax receipt for gifts of $5,000 or more without a formal written appraisal submitted by the prospective donor. If you are interested in making a gift of artwork or historic materials, please contact Rebecca Hutchins, curator of collections, at 360.778.8955 or via email.


Due to IRS law, museum professionals are discouraged from directly appraising, authenticating or identifying art as a public service. Our participation in such activities can be seen as potentially creating conflicts of interest. If you are looking for professionals to assist you with any of the services listed above, please see below for a short list of organizations that can help.

Art Dealers Association of America Appraisal Department
205 Lexington Avenue, Suite #901
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212.488-5530 Fax: 646. 688.6809

The National Antique and Art Dealers Association of America
220 East 57th Street New York, NY 10022
Phone: 212.826.9707 Fax: 212.832.9493

Appraisers Association of America, Inc.
212 West 35th Street 11th Floor South
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212.889.5404 X10 Fax: 212. 889.5503

For assistance with authentication and identification, the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) has two research libraries where staff can assist members of the public in researching object-related information and additional resources. For more information, visit their websiteemail them, or call the SAM Libraries at 206.654.3220 (SAM downtown) or 206.654.3202 (Seattle Asian Art Museum) for more information.


If you would like to find a professional to clean, repair, or assess the condition of a historic object or work of art that you own, please refer to the web site for the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works provided below. Using the ‘Find a Conservator’ tool, you can search for a professional in your area with the expertise you need. Whatcom Museum does not make recommendations for these services due to liability issues.

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works
1156 15th Street NW, Ste. 320 Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202.452.9545 Fax: 202.452.9328
Email: info@conservation-us.org
Website:  www.conservation-us.org/about-conservation/find-a-conservator