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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 Back to the Family Interactive Gallery (FIG)!

The Family Interactive Gallery is reopen to the public at 25% capacity! 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. All visitors (including members) must make a reservation to visit the FIG. Each reservation is for 2 hours and available Thursday – Saturday at two time slots; noon – 2pm or 2:30 – 4:30pm. For a list of FAQs and what to expect when you visit, check out our “Plan Your Visit” page.

How do reservations work?

  • All visitors, including members, must make a reservation in advance.
  • Reservations are available Thursday through Saturday, with slots at noon and 2:30pm.
  • Each reservation is for up to 6 people and lasts for 2 hours.
  • Admission is free to members. General admission rates apply for non-members. Payment will be processed at the time of arrival.
  • A Museum attendant will check you in upon arrival and direct you to the FIG. Please arrive as close to your start time as possible; reservations will be held for 30 minutes.
  • Reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance.
  • Walk-in appointments may be accommodated as space allows, but advanced reservations guarantee no disappointment from getting turned away!

Mask requirements

  • Visitors age 2+ are required to wear a face covering per the governor’s guidelines for museum operations, which will be enforced. For a list of exemptions, click here. The Museum will provide a disposable mask for those who need one. Reusable cloth masks are available for purchase at the Museum Store.
  • All Museum staff are required to wear face coverings in visitor areas.

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.

About the Family Interactive Gallery

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 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.

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