Female toddler with a cloth mask on playing with a wooden train set

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.


Welcome to the Family Interactive Gallery (FIG)!

The Family Interactive Gallery (FIG), located in the Lightcatcher building of the Whatcom Museum (250 Flora Street), is a 4,681 square foot space that includes an art studio, more than 15 different activity stations, and several self-led activities and programs. This interactive, hands-on museum space has been offering innovative and engaging 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. Adults must supervise their children of all ages at all times and are responsible for their safety. 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 Family Interactive Gallery is currently open Thursday – Saturday, Noon-5 PM

We are excited to welcome you in to explore our new exhibits and show off your creativity in the art studio. With safety as our top priority, we are operating with reduced hours and limited visitor capacity. You no longer need to make a reservation to visit the FIG, but we are limited to 30% capacity. If you visit and we are at capacity, you are welcome to explore the rest of our campus until there is room available. Please check back with the Visitor Services Attendant to confirm availability.

The FIG will continue to encourage social distancing, as well as maintain cleaning procedures and have hand sanitizing stations throughout the space.

For a list of FAQs and what to expect when you visit, check out our “Plan Your Visit” page.

Mask requirements

  • All visitors to the FIG, including people who are fully vaccinated, must continue to wear a mask following new guidance from the Washington Department of Health (06/30/21).
  • Masks will be required for all FIG staff.
  • The Museum will provide a disposable mask for those who need one. Reusable cloth masks are available for purchase at the Museum Store.

Commitment to safety

We are following state and county health guidelines, as well as the governor’s recommendations. Visit our COVID-19 response page to learn about our safety protocols. For questions, please call 360.778.8930 or send us an email.

Not ready to visit us in person? We invite you to try our virtual activities by exploring our FIG at Home page here!

COVID-19 Disclaimer: While the Whatcom Museum has implemented rigorous protocols to maintain a clean and safe environment, an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is a very contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and visitors with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By visiting the Whatcom Museum you, and all members of your group, voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.


Activities at the FIG

We offer a variety of self-led art activities in the FIG Studio, as well as a Storytime series. Learn more about these activities on our activity page, or see our FIG calendar for dates and times.


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