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.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.
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.

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.

Bald eagle in nest

Audubon: Where Do Baby Eagles Come From? (Virtual)

Join the North Cascades Audubon Society for their monthly program. The September event will be offered virtually via Zoom. Learn about the lifecycle of one of our most notable (and abundant) local raptors, the bald eagle. Michelle Landis has spent five years surveying eagle nests in Whatcom and Skagit counties and brings them up close and personal with pictures and videos from our resident population of eagles. Landis will also answer audience questions.

Photo: Emily Jackson Photography via Canva


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.

Fall leaves pressed on wax paper

FIG Studio: Leaves on Wax Paper

Hang this art piece in a window to let the sun shine through the fiery foliage!

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.

Ocean wave made of paper

FIG Artist’s Corner: Katsushika Hokusai

Hang 10 in the FIG Studio as you try block printing influenced by Hokusai’s woodblock print The Great Wave.

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.
Fall leaves pressed on wax paper

FIG Studio: Leaves on Wax Paper

Hang this art piece in a window to let the sun shine through the fiery foliage!

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.

Ocean wave made of paper

FIG Artist’s Corner: Katsushika Hokusai

Hang 10 in the FIG Studio as you try block printing influenced by Hokusai’s woodblock print The Great Wave.

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.

 

Fall leaves pressed on wax paper

FIG Studio: Leaves on Wax Paper

Hang this art piece in a window to let the sun shine through the fiery foliage!

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.

Ocean wave made of paper

FIG Artist’s Corner: Katsushika Hokusai

Hang 10 in the FIG Studio as you try block printing influenced by Hokusai’s woodblock print The Great Wave.

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.
Owl made of clay

Clay Creatures Come Alive – SOLD OUT

In the spirit of the astounding ceramic creatures featured in El Zodíaco Familiar, we invite kids to discover how to bring this amazing material to life. In this kid-friendly workshop, ceramic artist and owner of Good Earth Pottery Ann Marie Cooper will introduce clay hand-building techniques. After getting a feel for the material, students will have the opportunity to bring a creature from their imagination into reality. Designed as an introductory-level workshop for children ages 7 – 12. Registration is limited to 12 students.

$20 members/$25 non-member

Instructors and all participants will be required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status. The Museum will be following COVID safety protocols.


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.

Ocean wave made of paper

FIG Artist’s Corner: Katsushika Hokusai

Hang 10 in the FIG Studio as you try block printing influenced by Hokusai’s woodblock print The Great Wave.

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.

 

FIG Studio: Green Guy Headband

This project honors Green Guy made by the Museum of Glass Hot Shop and designed by Duncan Noah (age 11). Come see this little green monster on display in the exhibition Fluid Formations: The Legacy of Glass in the Pacific Northwest through Oct. 10. Your friends will be green with envy!

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.

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.

Ocean wave made of paper

FIG Artist’s Corner: Katsushika Hokusai

Hang 10 in the FIG Studio as you try block printing influenced by Hokusai’s woodblock print The Great Wave.

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.

 

FIG Studio: Green Guy Headband

This project honors Green Guy made by the Museum of Glass Hot Shop and designed by Duncan Noah (age 11). Come see this little green monster on display in the exhibition Fluid Formations: The Legacy of Glass in the Pacific Northwest through Oct. 10. Your friends will be green with envy!

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.

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.
Ocean wave made of paper

FIG Artist’s Corner: Katsushika Hokusai

Hang 10 in the FIG Studio as you try block printing influenced by Hokusai’s woodblock print The Great Wave.

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.

 

FIG Studio: Green Guy Headband

This project honors Green Guy made by the Museum of Glass Hot Shop and designed by Duncan Noah (age 11). Come see this little green monster on display in the exhibition Fluid Formations: The Legacy of Glass in the Pacific Northwest through Oct. 10. Your friends will be green with envy!

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.

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 pumpkins with polka dots

FIG Artist’s Corner: Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama is known for her extensive use of polka dots. Create one whimsical pumpkin to take home and another to add to our Pop Art Pumpkin Patch!

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.

 

Prints of leaves on paper

FIG Studio: Fall Linocut Prints

You won’t be-leaf your eyes when you learn to make fabulous fall prints.

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.

Early Settlement of the Bellingham Bay Area (updated)

Note: This program has been changed from the original topic, “The History of Bellingham Bay and British Columbia Railroad.”

Join the Whatcom County Historical Society as they return to in-person programs in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall. Wes Gannaway will discuss the early history of the settlement at Bellingham Bay.

It is unknown who settled at Bellingham Bay first, but evidence shows that Indigenous villages existed along the shorelines at Cherry Point shortly after the glaciers receded, about 5,000 years ago. As for the first European settlers, Alonzo Poe was at the Fairhaven site in August of 1852 and the Dickenson family was near the mouth of Whatcom Creek in December 1852. Wes will share photos and a number of drawings created by the U.S. Survey from 1852 to 1858.

$5 suggested donation/members free

In-person programs in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall will have distanced seating with a maximum capacity of 50 people on a first come, first serve basis. When capacity is reached, the Museum will provide a website link to our livestreamed program for viewing offsite. Masks will be required for all participants regardless of vaccination status. If you feel unwell or have any symptoms of illness, please tune in virtually to our programs.

 

COVID-19 Disclaimer: While the Whatcom Museum has implemented rigorous protocols to maintain a clean and safe environment, an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is a very contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and visitors with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By visiting the Whatcom Museum you, and all members of your group, voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Photo credit: The earliest known photograph of a Bellingham Bay town is of Whatcom in 1873.  Only 2.25” x 3.75” in dimension, the view looks over the tidal flats to the tiny hamlet assembled on the shore. Photographer unknown, Whatcom Museum Photo Archives


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 pumpkins with polka dots

FIG Artist’s Corner: Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama is known for her extensive use of polka dots. Create one whimsical pumpkin to take home and another to add to our Pop Art Pumpkin Patch!

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.

 

Prints of leaves on paper

FIG Studio: Fall Linocut Prints

You won’t be-leaf your eyes when you learn to make fabulous fall prints.

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.

The Art of Rebellion: Social Justice and Chicana/Chicano Visual Arts

How has art been used to mobilize communities and disseminate messages of social justice? Is art just a commodity that is only accessible to the elite? How has the idea of “art for the people” shifted the way we look at art? In this Humanities Washington talk, Chicano artist Jake Prendez traces the history of social justice art, from the rise of Mexican muralism to its influence on American artwork from the civil rights era and the modern era.

Explore how the means of production and new technologies made art accessible worldwide and join Prendez as he deconstructs his own artwork to show how it relates to this greater narrative.

$5 suggested donation/members free

In-person programs in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall will have distanced seating with a maximum capacity of 50 people on a first come, first serve basis. When capacity is reached, the Museum will provide a website link to our livestreamed program for viewing offsite. Masks will be required for all participants regardless of vaccination status. If you feel unwell or have any symptoms of illness, please tune in virtually to our programs.

 

COVID-19 Disclaimer: While the Whatcom Museum has implemented rigorous protocols to maintain a clean and safe environment, an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is a very contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and visitors with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By visiting the Whatcom Museum you, and all members of your group, voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.


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 pumpkins with polka dots

FIG Artist’s Corner: Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama is known for her extensive use of polka dots. Create one whimsical pumpkin to take home and another to add to our Pop Art Pumpkin Patch!

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.

 

Prints of leaves on paper

FIG Studio: Fall Linocut Prints

You won’t be-leaf your eyes when you learn to make fabulous fall prints.

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.

Two paper pumpkins with polka dots

FIG Artist’s Corner: Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama is known for her extensive use of polka dots. Create one whimsical pumpkin to take home and another to add to our Pop Art Pumpkin Patch!

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.

 

Craft activity with weaving

FIG Studio: Weaving Wacky Webs

Ever wonder how spiders make their webs? Weave your way into the FIG to learn more about our eight-legged friends and make a wacky web.

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.

Two paper pumpkins with polka dots

FIG Artist’s Corner: Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama is known for her extensive use of polka dots. Create one whimsical pumpkin to take home and another to add to our Pop Art Pumpkin Patch!

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.

 

Craft activity with weaving

FIG Studio: Weaving Wacky Webs

Ever wonder how spiders make their webs? Weave your way into the FIG to learn more about our eight-legged friends and make a wacky web.

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.

Two paper pumpkins with polka dots

FIG Artist’s Corner: Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama is known for her extensive use of polka dots. Create one whimsical pumpkin to take home and another to add to our Pop Art Pumpkin Patch!

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.

 

Craft activity with weaving

FIG Studio: Weaving Wacky Webs

Ever wonder how spiders make their webs? Weave your way into the FIG to learn more about our eight-legged friends and make a wacky web.

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.

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.
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.


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.

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.
Crow standing on a rock

Audubon: Do Crows Have Language?

Join the North Cascades Audubon Society for their monthly program in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall. The Audubon will offer both an in-person event, as well as a virtual option. Like humans, crows are smart, social, and make a variety of interesting vocalizations, but do they have a language like us?

In this talk, Douglas Wacker will discuss research on crow calling behavior that he’s conducted with undergraduates at the University of Washington Bothell. He’ll introduce the crows that roost near the campus, explore crow vocal communication, and discuss how their vocalizations compare with human language.

$5 suggested donation/members free

In-person programs in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall will have distanced seating with a maximum capacity of 60 people on a first come, first serve basis. We will also provide a link to our livestreamed program for viewing offsite. Masks will be required for all participants regardless of vaccination status. If you feel unwell or have any symptoms of illness, please tune in virtually to our programs.

The Audubon will require proof of vaccination to attend this program. Please bring your vaccination card or a photo of it.

 

COVID-19 Disclaimer: While the Whatcom Museum has implemented rigorous protocols to maintain a clean and safe environment, an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is a very contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and visitors with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By visiting the Whatcom Museum you, and all members of your group, voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Photo: Jose Manuel Gelpi via Canva


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 pumpkins with polka dots

FIG Artist’s Corner: Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama is known for her extensive use of polka dots. Create one whimsical pumpkin to take home and another to add to our Pop Art Pumpkin Patch!

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.

 

FIG Studio: Glow in the Dark Slime

Brighten up your senses this Halloween with slime that glows!

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.