Painting of the sea with sky and waves

Whatcom Artist Studio Tour 2020 Virtual Showcase

September 3 – October 17, 2020; Virtual Exhibition

For the past several years, the Museum has helped celebrate Whatcom County artists by providing a showcase of select artworks by those participating in the annual Whatcom Artist Studio Tour (WAST). This year, we are sharing this artistry through a virtual showcase, rather than in our Old City Hall galleries. WAST was founded in 1995, […]

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Shimizu. Manzanar Relocation Center, 1943

Two Views: Photographs by Ansel Adams and Leonard Frank

February 15 – December 6, 2020; Old City Hall

Two countries – two photographers. This compelling collection of photographs presents two views of internment and incarceration in the early 1940s. The 1942 incarceration of people of Japanese descent in the United States and Canada following the bombing of Pearl Harbor is portrayed through this stunning collection of black and white photographs. Ansel Adams and Leonard […]

Suitcase and car

Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II

Through December 6, 2020; Old City Hall

Righting a Wrong poster exhibition traces the story of Japanese national and Japanese American incarceration during World War II and the people who survived it. Young and old lived crowded together in hastily built camps, endured poor living conditions, and were under the constant watch of military guards for two and a half years. Meanwhile, […]

Women holding signs

Moving Forward, Looking Back: Washington’s First Women in Government

February 15 – May 10, 2020; Old City Hall

This traveling exhibit from Legacy Washington honors the centennial celebration of women’s suffrage and the passage of the 19th Amendment, giving women in the United States the right to vote. Moving Forward, Looking Back: Washington’s First Women in Government follows the lives of 14 women who soared to some of the most coveted offices in Washington […]

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Feathered Kayapo/Mekranoti Headdress

The Global Language of Headwear: Cultural Identity, Rites of Passage, and Spirituality

February 1 - April 26, 2020, Lightcatcher building

The Global Language of Headwear: Cultural Identity, Rites of Passage, and Spirituality presents 87 hats and headdresses carefully selected from a private collection of more than 1300 extraordinary pieces of international headwear. This exhibition features hats from 42 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America, and is a tribute […]

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Child dancing

Tribal Canoe Journeys: Paddle to Lummi

January 3 - March 8, 2020; Lightcatcher 1st Floor Hallway

The Whatcom Museum features photographs documenting the Tribal Canoe Journey of 2019, Paddle to Lummi. Since 1989, this significant cultural experience has occurred annually and is hosted by different tribal nations of and around the Salish Sea, with the Lummi Nation hosting the most recent journey in 2019. The canoe journey is a two-week to […]

Who Are We graphic

Who Are We? Washington’s Kaleidoscope

October 18, 2019 - February 9, 2020; Old City Hall

Washington is a kaleidoscope of more than 7 million people, each with a unique story to tell. Where do we originate from, and who do we become? Is there a quintessential Washingtonian? Hardly. History has made it clear that we’re more than our identity and more than just techies, coffee lovers, or outdoor enthusiasts. We’re […]

Minerals of the Pacific Northwest

What Lies Beneath: Minerals of the Pacific Northwest

August 17, 2019 - February 2, 2020; Old City Hall

Rocks and minerals are the foundation of our planet. Minerals are the basic geological building blocks of the solid earth. They can be dazzling to the eye as light catches the naturally occurring facets. To a trained eye, some minerals might be fairly easy to find with a bit of digging; others require rappelling down […]

City of Hope poster

City of Hope: Resurrection City & the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign

October 1, 2019 - January 5, 2020; Lightcatcher 2nd Floor Hallway

City of Hope: Resurrection City and the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s daring vision for economic justice and opportunity for every U.S. citizen. The poster exhibition examines the Poor People’s Campaign — a grassroots, multiracial movement that drew thousands of people to Washington, D.C. For 43 days between May and […]

Ed Bereal

WANTED: Ed Bereal for Disturbing the Peace

September 7, 2019 - January 5, 2020; Lightcatcher building

Curated by Amy Chaloupka, Curator of Art The Whatcom Museum is proud to present the work of Bellingham-based artist Ed Bereal for his first museum retrospective, Wanted: Ed Bereal for Disturbing the Peace, which chronicles the full scope of the artist’s diverse practice. Born in Los Angeles in 1937 and raised in Riverside, California, Bereal […]

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Take a docent-led tour beginning Sat., Sept. 14 and learn more about the artist and his works featured in WANTED: Ed Bereal for Disturbing the Peace. Our trained docents will provide insight into his works, as well as discuss Bereal’s background. Tours begin in the lobby of the Lightcatcher and last one hour.

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