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.

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 8 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.

Up Close & Personal: The Body in Contemporary Art

Thursdays and Saturdays, Nov. 4 through Dec. 9, 1pm (no tours on Veterans Day, 11/11 & Thanksgiving, 11/25)

Take a docent-guided tour of Up Close & Personal to gain in-depth insights and knowledge about some of the 60 artists featured. Their works offer compelling portrayals of the figure and point toward countless possibilities for identity, human connection, and understanding. Docents will discuss the techniques and processes utilized by artists, focusing on specific works in the exhibition. Each tour can accommodate 8 people, begins in the lobby of the Lightcatcher, and lasts one hour. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, but walk-in visitors will 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.