Woman in a museum gallery looking at glass artWe’re happy to announce the return of our in-person docent tours! Looking for insights into contemporary art? Need a review of art appreciation 101?  Want to know more about a specific artist or technique featured in an exhibition? Take a docent-led tour! Docents are gifted tour guides eager to share their knowledge in informal, interactive hour-long tours. This is a terrific way to learn more about art and history while you visit. Docent-led tours last 45 minutes to an hour and are free to members and included with admission for non-members.

Visitors can take a guided tour of the exhibitions Fluid Formations and El Zodíaco Familiar in the Lightcatcher. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Pre-registration recommended. Walk-in visitors may be accommodated as space allows.
  • Bookings close at midnight the day prior.
  • 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.
  • Tour bookings are free to members/included with admission for non-members.

Fluid Formations: The Legacy of Glass in the Pacific Northwest

Thursdays, July 8 (canceled) & 29, Aug. 5, 12, & 19 at 1pm
Discover the artists and artwork featured in this exhibition, 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.


El Zodíaco Familiar –In English & Spanish!

Sundays, July 11, Aug. 15, Sept. 5, Oct. 24; Fridays July 16, Aug. 27, Sept. 10, Oct. 8
English language tour at 1pm; Spanish language tour at 2pm
Learn more about George Rodriguez and the 13 ChicanX/Chicane 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.

Fluid Formations Gallery Tours with Curator of Art Amy Chaloupka

Thursdays, May 20, June 24, July 22, Aug. 26, Sept. 16, and Oct. 7, 12:15pm and 2pm
Included with admission/Free to members
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 last one hour, will be limited to six people per tour, and require pre-registration. Walk-in visitors may be accommodated as space allows.

Virtual Tours:

Visit the Museum’s YouTube channel for a variety of docent and curator-narrated virtual exhibition tours.

Private Docent-Led Tours

(Currently not offering tours.) Tour Old City Hall and the Lightcatcher gallery exhibitions through a private, pre-scheduled tour. Private tours are $15/person for non-members and $5/person for members.

Become a Docent Tour Guide

Are you a life-long learner who loves art and history, enjoys interacting with the public, and wants to make a contribution to our community? Our docent tour program may be just for you! The Whatcom Museum offers periodic training for our docent program. If you would like to be added to our waiting list send us an email.