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.

Note: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Family Interactive Gallery’s visiting hours are temporarily suspended, but we invite you to join us for virtual activities by exploring our FIG at Home page here!

Welcome to the Family Interactive Gallery!

The Family Interactive Gallery (FIG) is an interactive, hands-on museum space that has been offering innovative, engaging, and interactive experiences for children of all ages and their families since 2009. By offering self-directed exploration, play, and learning together, the FIG provides educational opportunities in many critical areas, including science, technology, art, innovation, problem-solving, early childhood literacy, and social and cross-cultural experiences. Visitors can explore activity stations, create art in the FIG Studio, or participate in activities.

The FIG helps deliver a rare experience in the museum world: world-class art galleries and a family-oriented interactive space under the same roof. The innovative pairing offers opportunities for kids to experience “grown-up” art on their terms. The FIG integrates works of art, photos, and objects, such as mounted birds, from the Museum’s collection.

The FIG offers a wide variety of programs that explore art, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math), and early childhood learning. Check our online calendar for a schedule of educator-led and self-guided activities, open studio hours & special family events.

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