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, 10 AM – 5 PM and Sunday, 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 cleaning protocols in place and at reduced visitor capacity. The FIG will continue to encourage masks and social distancing, maintain cleaning procedures, and have hand sanitizing stations throughout the space. For our admission rates, what to expect when you visit, and more, check out our “Plan Your Visit” page.


Activities at the FIG

  • Art Studio – Thursdays – Saturdays, 10 AM – 4:30 PM and Sundays, noon – 4:30 PM: The Studio is open for creative play and self-guided activities prepared by our FIG staff. Each week the Studio features a different theme of art exploration. Visit the Artist’s Corner to create a make-and-take craft.
  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math) Saturdays – Second Saturday of each month 10 AM – noon: Join us for hands-on STEAM challenges and experiments that are fun for all ages.
  • Storytime – Thursdays at 10:30 AM: Our storytime will transport little ones with big imaginations to far-away places. Join us for our storytime where a new book related to our art activity themes will be selected each week.
  • Birthday PartiesWe are not hosting birthday parties or taking party reservations at this time. Check out our Museum Store for great gift ideas.

Learn more about these activities on our activity page, or see our FIG calendar for dates and times.


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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.

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.