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! For more on our response to COVID-19, click here.

Spend the entire day, come for a special event/activity, or purchase a membership and come back as often as you like. 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.  Adults must supervise their children of all ages at all times and are responsible for their safety.

During inclement weather, call our general info line, 360.778.8930, to confirm hours of operation and program schedules.

FIG General Info Phone Line: 360.778.8974

Hours: (Temporarily closed due to COVID-19)

Wednesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday, Noon – 5 PM


Admission to the FIG, Lightcatcher galleries, and Old City Hall (Wed. – Sun., Noon – 5 PM):
Members: Free
General: $10
Youth (6-17)/Students/Military (with valid ID)/Seniors (62+): $8
Children ages 2 – 5 years: $5
Children under 2 years: Free
FIG morning discounted admission: $5 (ONLY valid Wed. – Sat., 10 AM – Noon; regular admission applies Wed.-Sun., noon – 5 PM)

Reciprocal membership programs:
Members of museums that participate in the Northwest Association of Youth Museums (NWAYM) receive 25% off admission for a family (up to 4 people) by presenting a membership card and photo ID. See a list of Northwest Association of Youth Museums participating museums.

The Whatcom Museum also participates in the  North American Reciprocal Museum Association and the Smithsonian Affiliate museums.


There is limited free parking at Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street, for Museum patrons.  It is a one block walk to the Lightcatcher building, where the FIG is located. FIG visitors may also park on the street in metered spaces.  Metered spaces provide up to 2 hours of parking on weekdays between 9 AM – 5 PM.  Street parking is free on weekends.

Public Transportation:

WTA route 15 stops on Grand Ave. near the Lightcatcher, and routes 50 and 232 stop on Prospect St. near Old City Hall. For more information on fares, routes, and schedules check the WTA website.


We ask that only strollers with babies sleeping enter the FIG due to limited space. Stroller parking is available just outside the FIG doors, which are located inside the Lightcatcher building lobby.

Restrooms/Changing facilities:

We have two restrooms available, one inside the FIG, as well as one in the Lightcatcher building. Our child-friendly restrooms are wheelchair accessible and contain Koala Kare changing stations.


Food is not allowed in the FIG, or the Museum galleries; however, covered drinks are allowed in the FIG only.

Please email us if you have questions about your visit that are not answered here.