Docent Tour of Endangered Species

Learn more about the themes, artwork, and artists featured in Endangered Species: Artists on the Front Line of Biodiversity. Our docents are gifted guides eager to share their knowledge in informal, interactive, hour-long tours. Tours start in the lobby of the Lightcatcher building and are included with admission/free to Museum members. For group tours of six or more people, call 360.778.8944 to schedule.

Stuffed birds with a nest of eggs

Fourth Sundays: Audubon at the Museum

A volunteer from the North Cascades Audubon Society will be on hand in the John M. Edson Hall of Birds to answer questions about migration, conservation, birds in peril, and the importance of studying bird specimens today. All ages welcome. Volunteers and visitors will follow social distancing while interacting in the Hall of Birds.

Check our website to see current hours of operation or for potential closures due to COVID-19 restrictions.


The Whatcom Museum acknowledges that we gather on the traditional territory of the Lhaq’temish – Lummi People – and the Nuxwsá7aq – Nooksack People – who have lived in the Coast Salish region from time immemorial. The Museum honors our relationship with all of our Coast Salish neighbors and our shared responsibilities to their homeland where we all reside today.

Audubon Society: Bird Migration Vagrancy in Washington (Virtual)

Join us and the North Cascades Audubon Society for an evening with Matt Bartels, current secretary of the Washington Bird Records Committee, Washington Ornithological Society (WOS).

Matt will discuss the processes and the main methods that lead to vagrancy and how that applies to Washington rarities and brings these unusual birds to our state. WOS uses bird records data to look for patterns in arrivals of the rarest birds in the state and Matt will discuss what might be next. Birders everywhere are keenly interested in vagrants and the opportunities to view unfamiliar species.

Registration is free but required. Participants will receive an email confirmation with the Zoom login info once they sign up.


The Whatcom Museum acknowledges that we gather on the traditional territory of the Lhaq’temish – Lummi People – and the Nuxwsá7aq – Nooksack People – who have lived in the Coast Salish region from time immemorial. The Museum honors our relationship with all of our Coast Salish neighbors and our shared responsibilities to their homeland where we all reside today.

Summer Storytime Series

Explore animals of the Salish Sea! Thursdays & Fridays at 3pm, June – August, we will introduce a new animal each week June-August with interactive stories using a variety of props, music, and movement. Then jump into the art studio for a creative activity based on our story of the week.

An evening presentation of ‘Seeds of Culture’ with photographer Matika Wilbur

Photo of Matika and Alma Wilbur taken by Lino Manansala. Courtesy of Matika Wilbur.

Melding powerful storytelling with video, photography, and song, Matika Wilbur (Tulalip and Swinomish), will expand on her experiences photographing Native American women from across the hundreds of sovereign Nations she has visited for nearly a decade at this free, in-person presentation.

The event takes place June 3, 2021, 7 – 8:30pm at Mount Baker Theatre, following Covid-19 safety guidelines developed specifically for the theatre industry, including distanced seating, increased ventilation, distancing markers, and face coverings.

Tickets to the in-person event at Mount Baker Theatre are sold out! Register to see the livestream of the event, which will air on the Whatcom Museum’s YouTube channel.

This presentation is the signature event of the Whatcom Museum-hosted exhibition Seeds of Culture: The Portraits and Stories of Native American Women by Matika Wilbur on display through June 13, 2021 at the Lightcatcher building, and is co-promoted by Whatcom Community College. Wilbur’s talk will give context and background to some of the 28 photographs of Native American women featured in the exhibition.

Wilbur is the only photographer to be welcomed into more than 500 Native American sovereign Nations in the United States. For the past nine years, she has collaborated with scores of tribes to share the images and truths of Native peoples through Project 562. In Seeds of Culture, Wilbur has curated striking photographs of Native women from among the thousands of portraits she has taken in recent years for the project.

Through her talk, Wilbur will touch on specific lived experiences shared by the women who have sat for her portraits. These include reflections on conversations with Dr. Mary Jiron Belgarde LoRe (Pueblo of Isleta and Ohkay Owingeh), who has committed her life to “stop[ping] the assimilation process” produced by colonial education systems, and Dana Eldridge, Dine’ (Navajo), a young anti-fracking protester and Navajo Walker, among many more.

Art Bridges Logo in black block font with a blue semicircle about nameThis community presentation is made possible with support from Art Bridges, a private arts foundation dedicated to expanding access to American art across the country. The exhibition is presented by the Lhaq’temish Foundation, Lummi Nation, with additional support from Jean Andresen, Rafeeka & Neal Kloke, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Whatcom Museum Foundation, the City of Bellingham and Grantmakers for Girls of Color.

 

Summer Storytime Series

Explore animals of the Salish Sea! Thursdays & Fridays at 3pm, June – August, we will introduce a new animal each week June-August with interactive stories using a variety of props, music, and movement. Then jump into the art studio for a creative activity based on our story of the week.

Lightwall decorated for Whatcom Squared

Whatcom Squared Kickoff in the Courtyard

Start Whatcom Squared (Whatcom²) off right by joining us for a work party in the Lightcatcher Courtyard. Museum educators will be on hand to provide supplies and tips on the best ways to make your square stand out. Learn more about the Whatcom Squared community art project here.

Summer Storytime Series

Explore animals of the Salish Sea! Thursdays & Fridays at 3pm, June – August, we will introduce a new animal each week June-August with interactive stories using a variety of props, music, and movement. Then jump into the art studio for a creative activity based on our story of the week.

Summer Storytime Series

Explore animals of the Salish Sea! Thursdays & Fridays at 3pm, June – August, we will introduce a new animal each week June-August with interactive stories using a variety of props, music, and movement. Then jump into the art studio for a creative activity based on our story of the week.

Giving Week

Which part of the Whatcom Museum has your heart? Show us during our first-ever Giving Week, June 14-18

Are you a local history buff? Love art? Or do you enjoy bringing your kids to the Family Interactive Gallery (FIG)? The Museum’s multidisciplinary mission has something for everyone.

We want to know what you’re passionate about. Giving Week is an opportunity for you to support the part of our mission that means the most to you by rallying for a team, whether that’s Team Art, Team History, Team Nature, or Team FIG!

Support Your Team

Once you’ve picked a team (or two), you’ll be able to show your love by making a donation toward it June 14-18! Your gift will directly support the part of the Museum that you’re the most passionate about, providing critical funding to exhibitions, programming, and more. Learn more about each team.

Why it Matters

The past year has been tough. Nearly all of our revenue streams have been affected by the pandemic. While our community has been incredibly generous, the continued uncertainties and slow return to normal means that budgets remain tight. In order to continue to serve our multi-faceted mission, we need your help.

 

Summer Storytime Series

Explore animals of the Salish Sea! Thursdays & Fridays at 3pm, June – August, we will introduce a new animal each week June-August with interactive stories using a variety of props, music, and movement. Then jump into the art studio for a creative activity based on our story of the week.

Summer Storytime Series

Explore animals of the Salish Sea! Thursdays & Fridays at 3pm, June – August, we will introduce a new animal each week June-August with interactive stories using a variety of props, music, and movement. Then jump into the art studio for a creative activity based on our story of the week.

Gallery Tour with Curator of Art Amy Chaloupka

We’re excited to offer in-person curator tours of Fluid Formations: The Legacy of Glass in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more about the artists and artwork featured in this stunning exhibition from the Museum’s curator of art, Amy Chaloupka, who organized this exhibition in partnership with Museum of Glass, galleries, and individual artists.

Tours start at 12:15pm and 2pm, last one hour, will be limited to six people per tour, and require pre-registration. Participants will need to wear face coverings while visiting the Museum and participating in the tour.

 


The Whatcom Museum acknowledges that we gather on the traditional territory of the Lhaq’temish – Lummi People – and the Nuxwsá7aq – Nooksack People – who have lived in the Coast Salish region from time immemorial. The Museum honors our relationship with all of our Coast Salish neighbors and our shared responsibilities to their homeland where we all reside today.

Gallery Tour with Curator of Art Amy Chaloupka

We’re excited to offer in-person curator tours of Fluid Formations: The Legacy of Glass in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more about the artists and artwork featured in this stunning exhibition from the Museum’s curator of art, Amy Chaloupka, who organized this exhibition in partnership with Museum of Glass, galleries, and individual artists.

Tours start at 12:15pm and 2pm, last one hour, will be limited to six people per tour, and require pre-registration. Participants will need to wear face coverings while visiting the Museum and participating in the tour.

 


The Whatcom Museum acknowledges that we gather on the traditional territory of the Lhaq’temish – Lummi People – and the Nuxwsá7aq – Nooksack People – who have lived in the Coast Salish region from time immemorial. The Museum honors our relationship with all of our Coast Salish neighbors and our shared responsibilities to their homeland where we all reside today.

Summer Storytime Series

Explore animals of the Salish Sea! Thursdays & Fridays at 3pm, June – August, we will introduce a new animal each week June-August with interactive stories using a variety of props, music, and movement. Then jump into the art studio for a creative activity based on our story of the week.

Summer Storytime Series

Explore animals of the Salish Sea! Thursdays & Fridays at 3pm, June – August, we will introduce a new animal each week June-August with interactive stories using a variety of props, music, and movement. Then jump into the art studio for a creative activity based on our story of the week.

Lightwall decorated for Whatcom Squared

Geometry in June – Whatcom Squared

Squares aren’t the only shapes that can be a part of the Whatcom Squared project! Join us at this work party in the Lightcatcher Courtyard, where you can design and color in a 3-foot-square plastic transparency sheet to be added to our community mosaic on the Lightcatcher lightwall. Museum educators will provide markers and geometric outlines, along with advice on how to adapt your idea into shapely designs. Participation and plastic squares are both free!

Learn more about Whatcom Squared here. Attend Downtown Art Walk on Fri., July 2, 6-9pm to see the full mosaic display.

Stuffed brown and yellow birds

Fourth Sundays: Audubon at the Museum

A volunteer from the North Cascades Audubon Society will be on hand in the John M. Edson Hall of Birds to answer questions about migration, conservation, birds in peril, and the importance of studying bird specimens today. All ages welcome. Volunteers and visitors will follow social distancing while interacting in the Hall of Birds.

Check our website to see current hours of operation or for potential closures due to COVID-19 restrictions.


The Whatcom Museum acknowledges that we gather on the traditional territory of the Lhaq’temish – Lummi People – and the Nuxwsá7aq – Nooksack People – who have lived in the Coast Salish region from time immemorial. The Museum honors our relationship with all of our Coast Salish neighbors and our shared responsibilities to their homeland where we all reside today.

Summer Storytime Series

Explore animals of the Salish Sea! Thursdays & Fridays at 3pm, June – August, we will introduce a new animal each week June-August with interactive stories using a variety of props, music, and movement. Then jump into the art studio for a creative activity based on our story of the week.

Summer Storytime Series

Explore animals of the Salish Sea! Thursdays & Fridays at 3pm, June – August, we will introduce a new animal each week June-August with interactive stories using a variety of props, music, and movement. Then jump into the art studio for a creative activity based on our story of the week.

Lightwall decorated for Whatcom Squared

Downtown Art Walk

Join us this evening for Downtown Art walk where we will show off the completed light mosaic from our Whatcom Squared community art project in the Lightcatcher Courtyard. The wall won’t be the only colorful glass shimmering in the building. See beautiful glass artworks in our exhibition Fluid Formations, which will also be open for viewing.


The Whatcom Museum acknowledges that we gather on the traditional territory of the Lhaq’temish – Lummi People – and the Nuxwsá7aq – Nooksack People – who have lived in the Coast Salish region from time immemorial. The Museum honors our relationship with all of our Coast Salish neighbors and our shared responsibilities to their homeland where we all reside today.

Two buildings with closure text overlay

Museum Campus Closed

The Museum campus will be closed today in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.

Woman in a museum gallery looking at glass art

Docent-led tour of Fluid Formations (CANCELED)

Note: This tour date has been canceled.

Discover the artists and artwork featured in “Fluid Formations,” which celebrates the rich legacy of glass art in our region. Our docents will provide insight into the techniques and processes utilized by artists, focusing on specific works in the exhibition. Tours last one hour.

Here’s what you can expect:

    • Each tour can accommodate up to 6 people.
    • Tours begin in the lobby of the Lightcatcher building.
    • Payment will be processed at the time of arrival.
    • Bookings close at midnight the day prior. Walk-in visitors may be accommodated as space allows.
    • Tour bookings are free to members/included with admission for non-members.

Summer Storytime Series

Explore animals of the Salish Sea! Thursdays & Fridays at 3pm, June – August, we will introduce a new animal each week June-August with interactive stories using a variety of props, music, and movement. Then jump into the art studio for a creative activity based on our story of the week.

Summer Storytime Series

Explore animals of the Salish Sea! Thursdays & Fridays at 3pm, June – August, we will introduce a new animal each week June-August with interactive stories using a variety of props, music, and movement. Then jump into the art studio for a creative activity based on our story of the week.

Docent-led tour of El Zodiaco Familiar – English

Take a docent-led tour and learn more about George Rodriguez and the 13 artists who collaborated on this exhibition to create a reimagined “Mexican” zodiac, inspired by the traditional Chinese zodiac.

Our trained docent will lead an English-language tour at 1pm and a Spanish-language tour at 2pm. Tours last about 45 minutes.

Here’s what you can expect:

    • Each tour can accommodate up to 6 people.
    • Tours begin in the lobby of the Lightcatcher building.
    • Payment will be processed at the time of arrival.
    • Bookings close at midnight the day prior. Walk-in visitors may be accommodated as space allows.
    • Tour bookings are free to members/included with admission for non-members.

Docent-led tour of El Zodiaco Familiar – Spanish

Take a docent-led tour and learn more about George Rodriguez and the 13 artists who collaborated on this exhibition to create a reimagined “Mexican” zodiac, inspired by the traditional Chinese zodiac.

Our trained docent will lead an English-language tour at 1pm and a Spanish-language tour at 2pm. Tours last about 45 minutes.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Each tour can accommodate up to 6 people.
  • Tours begin in the lobby of the Lightcatcher building.
  • Payment will be processed at the time of arrival.
  • Bookings close at midnight the day prior. Walk-in visitors may be accommodated as space allows.
  • Tour bookings are free to members/included with admission for non-members.
People standing on a cruise ship looking out at scenery

History Sunset Cruise

Join us tonight for our popular History Sunset Cruise. Narrated by either Brian Griffin or Doug Starcher, the tour takes a close-up view of parks, businesses, industry, and neighborhoods from Bellingham Bay. Guests travel aboard San Juan Cruises 100-foot Victoria Star, which leaves from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Fairhaven. The boat has indoor and outdoor seating on two levels, an on-board snack bar, and a full bar with a selection of Northwest beers, wines, and cocktails. Guests are welcome to bring dinner, snacks, and beverages (non-alcoholic). Restrooms are available on board. Check our cruise page for more information.

Tickets are $35 Museum members/$40 Non-Members, and children 5 and younger are free (but require registration). History Cruises are a fundraiser for the Whatcom Museum and proceeds from ticket purchases support exhibitions and educational programming.


The Whatcom Museum acknowledges that we gather on the traditional territory of the Lhaq’temish – Lummi People – and the Nuxwsá7aq – Nooksack People – who have lived in the Coast Salish region from time immemorial. The Museum honors our relationship with all of our Coast Salish neighbors and our shared responsibilities to their homeland where we all reside today.

Summer Storytime Series

Explore animals of the Salish Sea! Thursdays & Fridays at 3pm, June – August, we will introduce a new animal each week June-August with interactive stories using a variety of props, music, and movement. Then jump into the art studio for a creative activity based on our story of the week.

Docent-led tour of El Zodiaco Familiar – English

Take a docent-led tour and learn more about George Rodriguez and the 13 artists who collaborated on this exhibition to create a reimagined “Mexican” zodiac, inspired by the traditional Chinese zodiac.

Our trained docent will lead an English-language tour at 1pm and a Spanish-language tour at 2pm. Tours last about 45 minutes.

Here’s what you can expect:

    • Each tour can accommodate up to 6 people.
    • Tours begin in the lobby of the Lightcatcher building.
    • Payment will be processed at the time of arrival.
    • Bookings close at midnight the day prior. Walk-in visitors may be accommodated as space allows.
    • Tour bookings are free to members/included with admission for non-members.

Docent-led tour of El Zodiaco Familiar – Spanish

Take a docent-led tour and learn more about George Rodriguez and the 13 artists who collaborated on this exhibition to create a reimagined “Mexican” zodiac, inspired by the traditional Chinese zodiac.

Our trained docent will lead an English-language tour at 1pm and a Spanish-language tour at 2pm. Tours last about 45 minutes.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Each tour can accommodate up to 6 people.
  • Tours begin in the lobby of the Lightcatcher building.
  • Payment will be processed at the time of arrival.
  • Bookings close at midnight the day prior. Walk-in visitors may be accommodated as space allows.
  • Tour bookings are free to members/included with admission for non-members.

Summer Storytime Series

Explore animals of the Salish Sea! Thursdays & Fridays at 3pm, June – August, we will introduce a new animal each week June-August with interactive stories using a variety of props, music, and movement. Then jump into the art studio for a creative activity based on our story of the week.

People standing on a cruise ship looking out at scenery

History Sunset Cruise

Join us tonight for our popular History Sunset Cruise. Narrated by either Brian Griffin or Doug Starcher, the tour takes a close-up view of parks, businesses, industry, and neighborhoods from Bellingham Bay. Guests travel aboard San Juan Cruises 100-foot Victoria Star, which leaves from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Fairhaven. The boat has indoor and outdoor seating on two levels, an on-board snack bar, and a full bar with a selection of Northwest beers, wines, and cocktails. Guests are welcome to bring dinner, snacks, and beverages (non-alcoholic). Restrooms are available on board. Check our cruise page for more information.

Tickets are $35 Museum members/$40 Non-Members, and children 5 and younger are free (but require registration). History Cruises are a fundraiser for the Whatcom Museum and proceeds from ticket purchases support exhibitions and educational programming.


The Whatcom Museum acknowledges that we gather on the traditional territory of the Lhaq’temish – Lummi People – and the Nuxwsá7aq – Nooksack People – who have lived in the Coast Salish region from time immemorial. The Museum honors our relationship with all of our Coast Salish neighbors and our shared responsibilities to their homeland where we all reside today.

Gallery Tour with Curator of Art Amy Chaloupka

We’re excited to offer in-person curator tours of Fluid Formations: The Legacy of Glass in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more about the artists and artwork featured in this stunning exhibition from the Museum’s curator of art, Amy Chaloupka, who organized this exhibition in partnership with Museum of Glass, galleries, and individual artists.

Tours start at 12:15pm and 2pm, last one hour, will be limited to six people per tour, and require pre-registration. Participants will need to wear face coverings while visiting the Museum and participating in the tour.

 


The Whatcom Museum acknowledges that we gather on the traditional territory of the Lhaq’temish – Lummi People – and the Nuxwsá7aq – Nooksack People – who have lived in the Coast Salish region from time immemorial. The Museum honors our relationship with all of our Coast Salish neighbors and our shared responsibilities to their homeland where we all reside today.

Gallery Tour with Curator of Art Amy Chaloupka

We’re excited to offer in-person curator tours of Fluid Formations: The Legacy of Glass in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more about the artists and artwork featured in this stunning exhibition from the Museum’s curator of art, Amy Chaloupka, who organized this exhibition in partnership with Museum of Glass, galleries, and individual artists.

Tours start at 12:15pm and 2pm, last one hour, will be limited to six people per tour, and require pre-registration. Participants will need to wear face coverings while visiting the Museum and participating in the tour.

 


The Whatcom Museum acknowledges that we gather on the traditional territory of the Lhaq’temish – Lummi People – and the Nuxwsá7aq – Nooksack People – who have lived in the Coast Salish region from time immemorial. The Museum honors our relationship with all of our Coast Salish neighbors and our shared responsibilities to their homeland where we all reside today.

Summer Storytime Series

Explore animals of the Salish Sea! Thursdays & Fridays at 3pm, June – August, we will introduce a new animal each week June-August with interactive stories using a variety of props, music, and movement. Then jump into the art studio for a creative activity based on our story of the week.

Summer Storytime Series

Explore animals of the Salish Sea! Thursdays & Fridays at 3pm, June – August, we will introduce a new animal each week June-August with interactive stories using a variety of props, music, and movement. Then jump into the art studio for a creative activity based on our story of the week.

Stuffed bald eagle

Fourth Sundays: Audubon at the Museum

A volunteer from the North Cascades Audubon Society will be on hand in the John M. Edson Hall of Birds to answer questions about migration, conservation, birds in peril, and the importance of studying bird specimens today. All ages welcome. Volunteers and visitors will follow social distancing while interacting in the Hall of Birds.

Check our website to see current hours of operation or for potential closures due to COVID-19 restrictions.


The Whatcom Museum acknowledges that we gather on the traditional territory of the Lhaq’temish – Lummi People – and the Nuxwsá7aq – Nooksack People – who have lived in the Coast Salish region from time immemorial. The Museum honors our relationship with all of our Coast Salish neighbors and our shared responsibilities to their homeland where we all reside today.

People standing on a cruise ship looking out at scenery

History Sunset Cruise

Join us tonight for our popular History Sunset Cruise. Narrated by either Brian Griffin or Doug Starcher, the tour takes a close-up view of parks, businesses, industry, and neighborhoods from Bellingham Bay. Guests travel aboard San Juan Cruises 100-foot Victoria Star, which leaves from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Fairhaven. The boat has indoor and outdoor seating on two levels, an on-board snack bar, and a full bar with a selection of Northwest beers, wines, and cocktails. Guests are welcome to bring dinner, snacks, and beverages (non-alcoholic). Restrooms are available on board. Check our cruise page for more information.

Tickets are $35 Museum members/$40 Non-Members, and children 5 and younger are free (but require registration). History Cruises are a fundraiser for the Whatcom Museum and proceeds from ticket purchases support exhibitions and educational programming.


The Whatcom Museum acknowledges that we gather on the traditional territory of the Lhaq’temish – Lummi People – and the Nuxwsá7aq – Nooksack People – who have lived in the Coast Salish region from time immemorial. The Museum honors our relationship with all of our Coast Salish neighbors and our shared responsibilities to their homeland where we all reside today.

Woman in a museum gallery looking at glass art

Docent-led tour of Fluid Formations

Discover the artists and artwork featured in “Fluid Formations,” which celebrates the rich legacy of glass art in our region. Our docents will provide insight into the techniques and processes utilized by artists, focusing on specific works in the exhibition. Tours last one hour.

Here’s what you can expect:

    • Each tour can accommodate up to 6 people.
    • Tours begin in the lobby of the Lightcatcher building.
    • Payment will be processed at the time of arrival.
    • Bookings close at midnight the day prior. Walk-in visitors may be accommodated as space allows.
    • Tour bookings are free to members/included with admission for non-members.

Summer Storytime Series

Explore animals of the Salish Sea! Thursdays & Fridays at 3pm, June – August, we will introduce a new animal each week June-August with interactive stories using a variety of props, music, and movement. Then jump into the art studio for a creative activity based on our story of the week.

Summer Storytime Series

Explore animals of the Salish Sea! Thursdays & Fridays at 3pm, June – August, we will introduce a new animal each week June-August with interactive stories using a variety of props, music, and movement. Then jump into the art studio for a creative activity based on our story of the week.

People standing on a cruise ship looking out at scenery

History Sunset Cruise

Join us tonight for our popular History Sunset Cruise. Narrated by either Brian Griffin or Doug Starcher, the tour takes a close-up view of parks, businesses, industry, and neighborhoods from Bellingham Bay. Guests travel aboard San Juan Cruises 100-foot Victoria Star, which leaves from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Fairhaven. The boat has indoor and outdoor seating on two levels, an on-board snack bar, and a full bar with a selection of Northwest beers, wines, and cocktails. Guests are welcome to bring dinner, snacks, and beverages (non-alcoholic). Restrooms are available on board. Check our cruise page for more information.

Tickets are $35 Museum members/$40 Non-Members, and children 5 and younger are free (but require registration). History Cruises are a fundraiser for the Whatcom Museum and proceeds from ticket purchases support exhibitions and educational programming.


The Whatcom Museum acknowledges that we gather on the traditional territory of the Lhaq’temish – Lummi People – and the Nuxwsá7aq – Nooksack People – who have lived in the Coast Salish region from time immemorial. The Museum honors our relationship with all of our Coast Salish neighbors and our shared responsibilities to their homeland where we all reside today.

Woman in a museum gallery looking at glass art

Docent-led tour of Fluid Formations

Discover the artists and artwork featured in “Fluid Formations,” which celebrates the rich legacy of glass art in our region. Our docents will provide insight into the techniques and processes utilized by artists, focusing on specific works in the exhibition. Tours last one hour.

Here’s what you can expect:

    • Each tour can accommodate up to 6 people.
    • Tours begin in the lobby of the Lightcatcher building.
    • Payment will be processed at the time of arrival.
    • Bookings close at midnight the day prior. Walk-in visitors may be accommodated as space allows.
    • Tour bookings are free to members/included with admission for non-members.

Summer Storytime Series

Explore animals of the Salish Sea! Thursdays & Fridays at 3pm, June – August, we will introduce a new animal each week June-August with interactive stories using a variety of props, music, and movement. Then jump into the art studio for a creative activity based on our story of the week.

Summer Storytime Series

Explore animals of the Salish Sea! Thursdays & Fridays at 3pm, June – August, we will introduce a new animal each week June-August with interactive stories using a variety of props, music, and movement. Then jump into the art studio for a creative activity based on our story of the week.

People standing on a cruise ship looking out at scenery

History Sunset Cruise

Join us tonight for our popular History Sunset Cruise. Narrated by either Brian Griffin or Doug Starcher, the tour takes a close-up view of parks, businesses, industry, and neighborhoods from Bellingham Bay. Guests travel aboard San Juan Cruises 100-foot Victoria Star, which leaves from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Fairhaven. The boat has indoor and outdoor seating on two levels, an on-board snack bar, and a full bar with a selection of Northwest beers, wines, and cocktails. Guests are welcome to bring dinner, snacks, and beverages (non-alcoholic). Restrooms are available on board. Check our cruise page for more information.

Tickets are $35 Museum members/$40 Non-Members, and children 5 and younger are free (but require registration). History Cruises are a fundraiser for the Whatcom Museum and proceeds from ticket purchases support exhibitions and educational programming.


The Whatcom Museum acknowledges that we gather on the traditional territory of the Lhaq’temish – Lummi People – and the Nuxwsá7aq – Nooksack People – who have lived in the Coast Salish region from time immemorial. The Museum honors our relationship with all of our Coast Salish neighbors and our shared responsibilities to their homeland where we all reside today.

Woman in a museum gallery looking at glass art

Docent-led tour of Fluid Formations

Discover the artists and artwork featured in “Fluid Formations,” which celebrates the rich legacy of glass art in our region. Our docents will provide insight into the techniques and processes utilized by artists, focusing on specific works in the exhibition. Tours last one hour.

Here’s what you can expect:

    • Each tour can accommodate up to 6 people.
    • Tours begin in the lobby of the Lightcatcher building.
    • Payment will be processed at the time of arrival.
    • Bookings close at midnight the day prior. Walk-in visitors may be accommodated as space allows.
    • Tour bookings are free to members/included with admission for non-members.

Summer Storytime Series

Explore animals of the Salish Sea! Thursdays & Fridays at 3pm, June – August, we will introduce a new animal each week June-August with interactive stories using a variety of props, music, and movement. Then jump into the art studio for a creative activity based on our story of the week.

Summer Storytime Series

Explore animals of the Salish Sea! Thursdays & Fridays at 3pm, June – August, we will introduce a new animal each week June-August with interactive stories using a variety of props, music, and movement. Then jump into the art studio for a creative activity based on our story of the week.

Docent-led tour of El Zodiaco Familiar – English

Take a docent-led tour and learn more about George Rodriguez and the 13 artists who collaborated on this exhibition to create a reimagined “Mexican” zodiac, inspired by the traditional Chinese zodiac.

Our trained docent will lead an English-language tour at 1pm and a Spanish-language tour at 2pm. Tours last about 45 minutes.

Here’s what you can expect:

    • Each tour can accommodate up to 6 people.
    • Tours begin in the lobby of the Lightcatcher building.
    • Payment will be processed at the time of arrival.
    • Bookings close at midnight the day prior. Walk-in visitors may be accommodated as space allows.
    • Tour bookings are free to members/included with admission for non-members.

Docent-led tour of El Zodiaco Familiar – Spanish

Take a docent-led tour and learn more about George Rodriguez and the 13 artists who collaborated on this exhibition to create a reimagined “Mexican” zodiac, inspired by the traditional Chinese zodiac.

Our trained docent will lead an English-language tour at 1pm and a Spanish-language tour at 2pm. Tours last about 45 minutes.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Each tour can accommodate up to 6 people.
  • Tours begin in the lobby of the Lightcatcher building.
  • Payment will be processed at the time of arrival.
  • Bookings close at midnight the day prior. Walk-in visitors may be accommodated as space allows.
  • Tour bookings are free to members/included with admission for non-members.
People standing on a cruise ship looking out at scenery

History Sunset Cruise

Join us tonight for our popular History Sunset Cruise. Narrated by either Brian Griffin or Doug Starcher, the tour takes a close-up view of parks, businesses, industry, and neighborhoods from Bellingham Bay. Guests travel aboard San Juan Cruises 100-foot Victoria Star, which leaves from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Fairhaven. The boat has indoor and outdoor seating on two levels, an on-board snack bar, and a full bar with a selection of Northwest beers, wines, and cocktails. Guests are welcome to bring dinner, snacks, and beverages (non-alcoholic). Restrooms are available on board. Check our cruise page for more information.

Tickets are $35 Museum members/$40 Non-Members, and children 5 and younger are free (but require registration). History Cruises are a fundraiser for the Whatcom Museum and proceeds from ticket purchases support exhibitions and educational programming.


The Whatcom Museum acknowledges that we gather on the traditional territory of the Lhaq’temish – Lummi People – and the Nuxwsá7aq – Nooksack People – who have lived in the Coast Salish region from time immemorial. The Museum honors our relationship with all of our Coast Salish neighbors and our shared responsibilities to their homeland where we all reside today.

Museum Store closed

The Museum Store will be closed today.

Woman in a museum gallery looking at glass art

Docent-led tour of Fluid Formations

Discover the artists and artwork featured in “Fluid Formations,” which celebrates the rich legacy of glass art in our region. Our docents will provide insight into the techniques and processes utilized by artists, focusing on specific works in the exhibition. Tours last one hour.

Here’s what you can expect:

    • Each tour can accommodate up to 6 people.
    • Tours begin in the lobby of the Lightcatcher building.
    • Payment will be processed at the time of arrival.
    • Bookings close at midnight the day prior. Walk-in visitors may be accommodated as space allows.
    • Tour bookings are free to members/included with admission for non-members.

Summer Storytime Series

Explore animals of the Salish Sea! Thursdays & Fridays at 3pm, June – August, we will introduce a new animal each week June-August with interactive stories using a variety of props, music, and movement. Then jump into the art studio for a creative activity based on our story of the week.

Summer Storytime Series

Explore animals of the Salish Sea! Thursdays & Fridays at 3pm, June – August, we will introduce a new animal each week June-August with interactive stories using a variety of props, music, and movement. Then jump into the art studio for a creative activity based on our story of the week.

Stuffed owls in bird exhibit

Fourth Sundays: Audubon at the Museum

A volunteer from the North Cascades Audubon Society will be on hand in the John M. Edson Hall of Birds to answer questions about migration, conservation, birds in peril, and the importance of studying bird specimens today. All ages welcome. Volunteers and visitors will follow social distancing while interacting in the Hall of Birds.

Check our website to see current hours of operation or for potential closures due to COVID-19 restrictions.


The Whatcom Museum acknowledges that we gather on the traditional territory of the Lhaq’temish – Lummi People – and the Nuxwsá7aq – Nooksack People – who have lived in the Coast Salish region from time immemorial. The Museum honors our relationship with all of our Coast Salish neighbors and our shared responsibilities to their homeland where we all reside today.

People standing on a cruise ship looking out at scenery

History Sunset Cruise

Join us tonight for our popular History Sunset Cruise. Narrated by either Brian Griffin or Doug Starcher, the tour takes a close-up view of parks, businesses, industry, and neighborhoods from Bellingham Bay. Guests travel aboard San Juan Cruises 100-foot Victoria Star, which leaves from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Fairhaven. The boat has indoor and outdoor seating on two levels, an on-board snack bar, and a full bar with a selection of Northwest beers, wines, and cocktails. Guests are welcome to bring dinner, snacks, and beverages (non-alcoholic). Restrooms are available on board. Check our cruise page for more information.

Tickets are $35 Museum members/$40 Non-Members, and children 5 and younger are free (but require registration). History Cruises are a fundraiser for the Whatcom Museum and proceeds from ticket purchases support exhibitions and educational programming.


The Whatcom Museum acknowledges that we gather on the traditional territory of the Lhaq’temish – Lummi People – and the Nuxwsá7aq – Nooksack People – who have lived in the Coast Salish region from time immemorial. The Museum honors our relationship with all of our Coast Salish neighbors and our shared responsibilities to their homeland where we all reside today.

Gallery Tour with Curator of Art Amy Chaloupka

We’re excited to offer in-person curator tours of Fluid Formations: The Legacy of Glass in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more about the artists and artwork featured in this stunning exhibition from the Museum’s curator of art, Amy Chaloupka, who organized this exhibition in partnership with Museum of Glass, galleries, and individual artists.

Tours start at 12:15pm and 2pm, last one hour, will be limited to six people per tour, and require pre-registration. Participants will need to wear face coverings while visiting the Museum and participating in the tour.

 


The Whatcom Museum acknowledges that we gather on the traditional territory of the Lhaq’temish – Lummi People – and the Nuxwsá7aq – Nooksack People – who have lived in the Coast Salish region from time immemorial. The Museum honors our relationship with all of our Coast Salish neighbors and our shared responsibilities to their homeland where we all reside today.

Gallery Tour with Curator of Art Amy Chaloupka

We’re excited to offer in-person curator tours of Fluid Formations: The Legacy of Glass in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more about the artists and artwork featured in this stunning exhibition from the Museum’s curator of art, Amy Chaloupka, who organized this exhibition in partnership with Museum of Glass, galleries, and individual artists.

Tours start at 12:15pm and 2pm, last one hour, will be limited to six people per tour, and require pre-registration. Participants will need to wear face coverings while visiting the Museum and participating in the tour.

 


The Whatcom Museum acknowledges that we gather on the traditional territory of the Lhaq’temish – Lummi People – and the Nuxwsá7aq – Nooksack People – who have lived in the Coast Salish region from time immemorial. The Museum honors our relationship with all of our Coast Salish neighbors and our shared responsibilities to their homeland where we all reside today.

Summer Storytime Series

Explore animals of the Salish Sea! Thursdays & Fridays at 3pm, June – August, we will introduce a new animal each week June-August with interactive stories using a variety of props, music, and movement. Then jump into the art studio for a creative activity based on our story of the week.

Docent-led tour of El Zodiaco Familiar – English

Take a docent-led tour and learn more about George Rodriguez and the 13 artists who collaborated on this exhibition to create a reimagined “Mexican” zodiac, inspired by the traditional Chinese zodiac.

Our trained docent will lead an English-language tour at 1pm and a Spanish-language tour at 2pm. Tours last about 45 minutes.

Here’s what you can expect:

    • Each tour can accommodate up to 6 people.
    • Tours begin in the lobby of the Lightcatcher building.
    • Payment will be processed at the time of arrival.
    • Bookings close at midnight the day prior. Walk-in visitors may be accommodated as space allows.
    • Tour bookings are free to members/included with admission for non-members.

Docent-led tour of El Zodiaco Familiar – Spanish

Take a docent-led tour and learn more about George Rodriguez and the 13 artists who collaborated on this exhibition to create a reimagined “Mexican” zodiac, inspired by the traditional Chinese zodiac.

Our trained docent will lead an English-language tour at 1pm and a Spanish-language tour at 2pm. Tours last about 45 minutes.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Each tour can accommodate up to 6 people.
  • Tours begin in the lobby of the Lightcatcher building.
  • Payment will be processed at the time of arrival.
  • Bookings close at midnight the day prior. Walk-in visitors may be accommodated as space allows.
  • Tour bookings are free to members/included with admission for non-members.

Summer Storytime Series

Explore animals of the Salish Sea! Thursdays & Fridays at 3pm, June – August, we will introduce a new animal each week June-August with interactive stories using a variety of props, music, and movement. Then jump into the art studio for a creative activity based on our story of the week.

People standing on a cruise ship looking out at scenery

History Sunset Cruise

Join us tonight for our popular History Sunset Cruise. Narrated by either Brian Griffin or Doug Starcher, the tour takes a close-up view of parks, businesses, industry, and neighborhoods from Bellingham Bay. Guests travel aboard San Juan Cruises 100-foot Victoria Star, which leaves from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Fairhaven. The boat has indoor and outdoor seating on two levels, an on-board snack bar, and a full bar with a selection of Northwest beers, wines, and cocktails. Guests are welcome to bring dinner, snacks, and beverages (non-alcoholic). Restrooms are available on board. Check our cruise page for more information.

Tickets are $35 Museum members/$40 Non-Members, and children 5 and younger are free (but require registration). History Cruises are a fundraiser for the Whatcom Museum and proceeds from ticket purchases support exhibitions and educational programming.


The Whatcom Museum acknowledges that we gather on the traditional territory of the Lhaq’temish – Lummi People – and the Nuxwsá7aq – Nooksack People – who have lived in the Coast Salish region from time immemorial. The Museum honors our relationship with all of our Coast Salish neighbors and our shared responsibilities to their homeland where we all reside today.

Paper robot

FIG Studio: Shape Robots

Beep. Boop. Children will use their fine motor skills to make a mini paper robot this week.

The FIG Studio is a self-guided, self-exploratory play-to-learn, make-and-take space for young inquisitive minds to imagine, create, and innovate.

Artwork with black lines and colored squares

Artist’s Corner: Piet Mondrian

Piet Mondrian used geometric elements to create abstract paintings. In this activity, kids will use paper and glue to create their own geometric design.

Artist’s Corner focuses on artists from around the world. We encourage young guests to explore a variety of materials and mediums to create art inspired by the featured artist.

Woman in a museum gallery looking at glass art

Docent-led tour of Fluid Formations

Discover the artists and artwork featured in Fluid Formations, which celebrates the rich legacy of glass art in our region. Our docents will provide insight into the techniques and processes utilized by artists, focusing on specific works in the exhibition. Tours last one hour.

Here’s what you can expect:

    • Each tour can accommodate up to 6 people.
    • Tours begin in the lobby of the Lightcatcher building.
    • Payment will be processed at the time of arrival.
    • Bookings close at midnight the day prior. Walk-in visitors may be accommodated as space allows.
    • Tour bookings are free to members/included with admission for non-members.
Paper robot

FIG Studio: Shape Robots

Beep. Boop. Children will use their fine motor skills to make a mini paper robot this week.

The FIG Studio is a self-guided, self-exploratory play-to-learn, make-and-take space for young inquisitive minds to imagine, create, and innovate.

Artwork with black lines and colored squares

Artist’s Corner: Piet Mondrian

Piet Mondrian used geometric elements to create abstract paintings. In this activity, kids will use paper and glue to create their own geometric design.

Artist’s Corner focuses on artists from around the world. We encourage young guests to explore a variety of materials and mediums to create art inspired by the featured artist.

Downtown Art Walk

We’ll be opening Old City Hall for this month’s Downtown Art Walk. Come see the Whatcom Artist Studio Tour Showcase in the first-floor gallery, as well as the exhibit All Dressed Up… which features historic garments from the Museum’s permanent collection.


The Whatcom Museum acknowledges that we gather on the traditional territory of the Lhaq’temish – Lummi People – and the Nuxwsá7aq – Nooksack People – who have lived in the Coast Salish region from time immemorial. The Museum honors our relationship with all of our Coast Salish neighbors and our shared responsibilities to their homeland where we all reside today.

Paper robot

FIG Studio: Shape Robots

Beep. Boop. Children will use their fine motor skills to make a mini paper robot this week.

The FIG Studio is a self-guided, self-exploratory play-to-learn, make-and-take space for young inquisitive minds to imagine, create, and innovate.

Artwork with black lines and colored squares

Artist’s Corner: Piet Mondrian

Piet Mondrian used geometric elements to create abstract paintings. In this activity, kids will use paper and glue to create their own geometric design.

Artist’s Corner focuses on artists from around the world. We encourage young guests to explore a variety of materials and mediums to create art inspired by the featured artist.

Woman in a museum gallery looking at glass art

Docent-led tour of Fluid Formations

Discover the artists and artwork featured in Fluid Formations, which celebrates the rich legacy of glass art in our region. Our docents will provide insight into the techniques and processes utilized by artists, focusing on specific works in the exhibition. Tours last one hour.

Here’s what you can expect:

    • Each tour can accommodate up to 6 people.
    • Tours begin in the lobby of the Lightcatcher building.
    • Payment will be processed at the time of arrival.
    • Bookings close at midnight the day prior. Walk-in visitors may be accommodated as space allows.
    • Tour bookings are free to members/included with admission for non-members.

Docent-led tour of El Zodiaco Familiar – English

Take a docent-led tour and learn more about George Rodriguez and the 13 artists who collaborated on this exhibition to create a reimagined “Mexican” zodiac, inspired by the traditional Chinese zodiac.

Our trained docent will lead an English-language tour at 1pm and a Spanish-language tour at 2pm. Tours last about 45 minutes.

Here’s what you can expect:

    • Each tour can accommodate up to 6 people.
    • Tours begin in the lobby of the Lightcatcher building.
    • Payment will be processed at the time of arrival.
    • Bookings close at midnight the day prior. Walk-in visitors may be accommodated as space allows.
    • Tour bookings are free to members/included with admission for non-members.

Docent-led tour of El Zodiaco Familiar – Spanish

Take a docent-led tour and learn more about George Rodriguez and the 13 artists who collaborated on this exhibition to create a reimagined “Mexican” zodiac, inspired by the traditional Chinese zodiac.

Our trained docent will lead an English-language tour at 1pm and a Spanish-language tour at 2pm. Tours last about 45 minutes.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Each tour can accommodate up to 6 people.
  • Tours begin in the lobby of the Lightcatcher building.
  • Payment will be processed at the time of arrival.
  • Bookings close at midnight the day prior. Walk-in visitors may be accommodated as space allows.
  • Tour bookings are free to members/included with admission for non-members.
Art made of colored circles on paper

FIG Studio: Circle Art

Little ones can practice printing by playing a-round with circles to make a colorful collage or carefully craft concentric circles.

The FIG Studio is a self-guided, self-exploratory play-to-learn, make-and-take space for young inquisitive minds to imagine, create, and innovate.

Artwork with black lines and colored squares

Artist’s Corner: Piet Mondrian

Piet Mondrian used geometric elements to create abstract paintings. In this activity, kids will use paper and glue to create their own geometric design.

Artist’s Corner focuses on artists from around the world. We encourage young guests to explore a variety of materials and mediums to create art inspired by the featured artist.

Woman in a museum gallery looking at glass art

Docent-led tour of Fluid Formations

Discover the artists and artwork featured in Fluid Formations, which celebrates the rich legacy of glass art in our region. Our docents will provide insight into the techniques and processes utilized by artists, focusing on specific works in the exhibition. Tours last one hour.

Here’s what you can expect:

    • Each tour can accommodate up to 6 people.
    • Tours begin in the lobby of the Lightcatcher building.
    • Payment will be processed at the time of arrival.
    • Bookings close at midnight the day prior. Walk-in visitors may be accommodated as space allows.
    • Tour bookings are free to members/included with admission for non-members.
Art made of colored circles on paper

FIG Studio: Circle Art

Little ones can practice printing by playing a-round with circles to make a colorful collage or carefully craft concentric circles.

The FIG Studio is a self-guided, self-exploratory play-to-learn, make-and-take space for young inquisitive minds to imagine, create, and innovate.

Artwork with black lines and colored squares

Artist’s Corner: Piet Mondrian

Piet Mondrian used geometric elements to create abstract paintings. In this activity, kids will use paper and glue to create their own geometric design.

Artist’s Corner focuses on artists from around the world. We encourage young guests to explore a variety of materials and mediums to create art inspired by the featured artist.

Docent-led tour of El Zodiaco Familiar – English

Take a docent-led tour and learn more about George Rodriguez and the 13 artists who collaborated on this exhibition to create a reimagined “Mexican” zodiac, inspired by the traditional Chinese zodiac.

Our trained docent will lead an English-language tour at 1pm and a Spanish-language tour at 2pm. Tours last about 45 minutes.

Here’s what you can expect:

    • Each tour can accommodate up to 6 people.
    • Tours begin in the lobby of the Lightcatcher building.
    • Payment will be processed at the time of arrival.
    • Bookings close at midnight the day prior. Walk-in visitors may be accommodated as space allows.
    • Tour bookings are free to members/included with admission for non-members.

Docent-led tour of El Zodiaco Familiar – Spanish

Take a docent-led tour and learn more about George Rodriguez and the 13 artists who collaborated on this exhibition to create a reimagined “Mexican” zodiac, inspired by the traditional Chinese zodiac.

Our trained docent will lead an English-language tour at 1pm and a Spanish-language tour at 2pm. Tours last about 45 minutes.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Each tour can accommodate up to 6 people.
  • Tours begin in the lobby of the Lightcatcher building.
  • Payment will be processed at the time of arrival.
  • Bookings close at midnight the day prior. Walk-in visitors may be accommodated as space allows.
  • Tour bookings are free to members/included with admission for non-members.
Art made of colored circles on paper

FIG Studio: Circle Art

Little ones can practice printing by playing a-round with circles to make a colorful collage or carefully craft concentric circles.

The FIG Studio is a self-guided, self-exploratory play-to-learn, make-and-take space for young inquisitive minds to imagine, create, and innovate.

Artwork with black lines and colored squares

Artist’s Corner: Piet Mondrian

Piet Mondrian used geometric elements to create abstract paintings. In this activity, kids will use paper and glue to create their own geometric design.

Artist’s Corner focuses on artists from around the world. We encourage young guests to explore a variety of materials and mediums to create art inspired by the featured artist.

Woman in a museum gallery looking at glass art

Docent-led tour of Fluid Formations

Discover the artists and artwork featured in Fluid Formations, which celebrates the rich legacy of glass art in our region. Our docents will provide insight into the techniques and processes utilized by artists, focusing on specific works in the exhibition. Tours last one hour.

Here’s what you can expect:

    • Each tour can accommodate up to 6 people.
    • Tours begin in the lobby of the Lightcatcher building.
    • Payment will be processed at the time of arrival.
    • Bookings close at midnight the day prior. Walk-in visitors may be accommodated as space allows.
    • Tour bookings are free to members/included with admission for non-members.
Two paper pinwheels

FIG Studio: Pinwheels for Peace

Imagine… whirled peace! Help us celebrate International Day of Peace by planting a pinwheel. It all starts with one child and one square.

The FIG Studio is a self-guided, self-exploratory play-to-learn, make-and-take space for young inquisitive minds to imagine, create, and innovate.

Art inspired by Henri Matisse

FIG Artist’s Corner: Henri Matisse

Matisse is famous for “painting with scissors.” Explore many different shapes while creating your own Matisse-inspired masterpiece.

Artist’s Corner focuses on artists from around the world. We encourage young guests to explore a variety of materials and mediums to create art inspired by the featured artist.

Gallery Tour with Curator of Art Amy Chaloupka

We’re excited to offer in-person curator tours of Fluid Formations: The Legacy of Glass in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more about the artists and artwork featured in this stunning exhibition from the Museum’s curator of art, Amy Chaloupka, who organized this exhibition in partnership with Museum of Glass, galleries, and individual artists.

Tours start at 12:15pm and 2pm, last one hour, will be limited to six people per tour, and require pre-registration. Participants will need to wear face coverings while visiting the Museum and participating in the tour.

 


The Whatcom Museum acknowledges that we gather on the traditional territory of the Lhaq’temish – Lummi People – and the Nuxwsá7aq – Nooksack People – who have lived in the Coast Salish region from time immemorial. The Museum honors our relationship with all of our Coast Salish neighbors and our shared responsibilities to their homeland where we all reside today.

Gallery Tour with Curator of Art Amy Chaloupka

We’re excited to offer in-person curator tours of Fluid Formations: The Legacy of Glass in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more about the artists and artwork featured in this stunning exhibition from the Museum’s curator of art, Amy Chaloupka, who organized this exhibition in partnership with Museum of Glass, galleries, and individual artists.

Tours start at 12:15pm and 2pm, last one hour, will be limited to six people per tour, and require pre-registration. Participants will need to wear face coverings while visiting the Museum and participating in the tour.

 


The Whatcom Museum acknowledges that we gather on the traditional territory of the Lhaq’temish – Lummi People – and the Nuxwsá7aq – Nooksack People – who have lived in the Coast Salish region from time immemorial. The Museum honors our relationship with all of our Coast Salish neighbors and our shared responsibilities to their homeland where we all reside today.

Two paper pinwheels

FIG Studio: Pinwheels for Peace

Imagine… whirled peace! Help us celebrate International Day of Peace by planting a pinwheel. It all starts with one child and one square.

The FIG Studio is a self-guided, self-exploratory play-to-learn, make-and-take space for young inquisitive minds to imagine, create, and innovate.

Art inspired by Henri Matisse

FIG Artist’s Corner: Henri Matisse

Matisse is famous for “painting with scissors.” Explore many different shapes while creating your own Matisse-inspired masterpiece.

Artist’s Corner focuses on artists from around the world. We encourage young guests to explore a variety of materials and mediums to create art inspired by the featured artist.

Old City Hall and Lightcatcher building

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, Museum Day is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country, including the Whatcom Museum, open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket—for free!

A Museum Day ticket provides free access to both the Lightcatcher building and Old City Hall. Visit the Museum Day page for more info and to register and print your ticket.

Candy Glass Blowing
Join us in the Lightcatcher Courtyard throughout the day as we demonstrate how to create candy bubbles inspired by the principles of glass blowing and our exhibition Fluid Formations: The Legacy of Glass in the Pacific Northwest.

Kids can get into the fun by practicing blowing plastic bubbles, while adults can learn a bit about the science behind the crystals that make up both sugar and glass. You’re sure to be blown away!


The Whatcom Museum acknowledges that we gather on the traditional territory of the Lhaq’temish – Lummi People – and the Nuxwsá7aq – Nooksack People – who have lived in the Coast Salish region from time immemorial. The Museum honors our relationship with all of our Coast Salish neighbors and our shared responsibilities to their homeland where we all reside today.

Two paper pinwheels

FIG Studio: Pinwheels for Peace

Imagine… whirled peace! Help us celebrate International Day of Peace by planting a pinwheel. It all starts with one child and one square.

The FIG Studio is a self-guided, self-exploratory play-to-learn, make-and-take space for young inquisitive minds to imagine, create, and innovate.

Art inspired by Henri Matisse

FIG Artist’s Corner: Henri Matisse

Matisse is famous for “painting with scissors.” Explore many different shapes while creating your own Matisse-inspired masterpiece.

Artist’s Corner focuses on artists from around the world. We encourage young guests to explore a variety of materials and mediums to create art inspired by the featured artist.

Woman in a museum gallery looking at glass art

Docent-led tour of Fluid Formations

Discover the artists and artwork featured in Fluid Formations, which celebrates the rich legacy of glass art in our region. Our docents will provide insight into the techniques and processes utilized by artists, focusing on specific works in the exhibition. Tours last one hour.

Here’s what you can expect:

    • Each tour can accommodate up to 6 people.
    • Tours begin in the lobby of the Lightcatcher building.
    • Payment will be processed at the time of arrival.
    • Bookings close at midnight the day prior. Walk-in visitors may be accommodated as space allows.
    • Tour bookings are free to members/included with admission for non-members.
Colored geometric shapes patterned like a quilt

FIG Studio: Geometric Quilts

Simple shapes make spectacular quilts! Play with polygons to make a colorful paper quilt.

The FIG Studio is a self-guided, self-exploratory play-to-learn, make-and-take space for young inquisitive minds to imagine, create, and innovate.

Art inspired by Henri Matisse

FIG Artist’s Corner: Henri Matisse

Matisse is famous for “painting with scissors.” Explore many different shapes while creating your own Matisse-inspired masterpiece.

Artist’s Corner focuses on artists from around the world. We encourage young guests to explore a variety of materials and mediums to create art inspired by the featured artist.

Woman in a museum gallery looking at glass art

Docent-led tour of Fluid Formations

Discover the artists and artwork featured in Fluid Formations, which celebrates the rich legacy of glass art in our region. Our docents will provide insight into the techniques and processes utilized by artists, focusing on specific works in the exhibition. Tours last one hour.

Here’s what you can expect:

    • Each tour can accommodate up to 6 people.
    • Tours begin in the lobby of the Lightcatcher building.
    • Payment will be processed at the time of arrival.
    • Bookings close at midnight the day prior. Walk-in visitors may be accommodated as space allows.
    • Tour bookings are free to members/included with admission for non-members.