Four women look at a tall sculpture and artwork on a wall inside a gallery.

A volunteer docent offers a guided tour of the exhibition, “Many Wests” at the Lightcatcher building.

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.
Here’s what you can expect:

  • Gallery tours last one hour.
  • Tours are offered on a walk-in basis and begin in the lobby of the Lightcatcher building.
  • Payment is processed at the time of arrival at the front desk.
  • Tour bookings are free to members/included with admission for non-members.

Un/Natural Selections: Wildlife in Contemporary Art

Docent Tours:

Thursdays and Saturdays, 1 – 2pm, beginning September 10
Included with admission/Members free
Take a docent-guided tour of Un/Natural Selections to gain in-depth insights and knowledge about the themes, artists, and works featured in this exhibition. The exhibition considers the diverse ways that contemporary artists employ animal imagery to address humanity’s interconnectedness and ever-changing relationship with the natural world.

Curator Tours with Amy Chaloupka:

Fridays, Sept. 16, Oct. 21, Dec. 9. & Jan. 6, 1 – 2pm
Included with admission/Members free
Learn more about the artists and artwork featured in Un/Natural Selections from the Museum’s Curator of Art, Amy Chaloupka, as she offers a deeper exploration of the exhibition.

Old City Hall History Tours

Sundays, 1 – 2pm
Tours begin at the attendant desk at Old City Hall
Included with admission/Members free
Take a fun, informative tour with our trained docents. They take participants through the building and down to the basement of Old City Hall to see the historic jail rooms, including a padded cell from the days of prohibition. Our docents give an overview about the architecture of the venerable building, as well as the history of the early days of Bellingham. Participants will learn fun facts, quirky trivia, and unique stories about some of the characters who worked in and visited the building.

Virtual Tours:

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

Private Docent-Led 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. Email our docent coordinator to schedule a tour.

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.

Docent Portal and Resources

Already part of our docent team? Click the image on the right to access various resources, sign up for tours, or review the upcoming touring schedule.