November 6, 2023
Whatcom Museum’s Family Interactive Gallery Introduces Low Sensory Sundays

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Bellingham, WA, November 6, 2023—This fall, the Whatcom Museum’s Family Interactive Gallery (FIG) is pleased to introduce Low Sensory Sundays for children ages 12 and younger with sensory processing and autism spectrum needs. One Sunday every other month (or six times a year), the Lightcatcher building on Flora Street will open early at 10 a.m. to offer a dedicated time reserved for children and their families who require a quieter environment to focus, explore, and....more
Bellingham resident Errol Mauler and his pets Nuisance, Sam, and Fluff.

October 19, 2023
Photo Archivist Lets Pets into Whatcom Museum

Bellingham, WA — The Whatcom Museum is excited to announce the opening of a new photo exhibition, straight from the archives, of beloved Whatcom County pets (and their humans). The Pet Show opens Saturday, October 21, in Old City Hall and runs through April 14, 2024. “This photo exhibition documents the affection we’ve had for our animal companions over the decades,” said Whatcom Museum photo archivist Jeff Jewell, who selected the images for display, which range from the late 1800s....more

October 12, 2023
Whatcom Museum to Waive Admission, Extend Hours One Day per Month with “Access for All” Grant

Bellingham, WA — The Art Bridges Foundation has awarded the Whatcom Museum an “Access for All” grant, aimed at making it easier for people across the country to experience art. Thanks to the foundation’s generous support and shared vision of making museums accessible and welcoming, the Whatcom Museum will now be free the first Friday of every month, beginning January 5, 2024, with special programming and extended hours until 9 p.m. The Whatcom Museum is one of only 64 national....more

October 5, 2023
Artists Arriving in Bellingham for New Museum Exhibition, “Healing and Repair”

BELLINGHAM, Washington — “I never want to be bad. I only want to do my best.” That line, scrawled onto a small white board in child’s handwriting, is from a short film called “Please Understand,” which chronicles the yearning hopes of incarcerated youth. It’s one of nearly 80 pieces that will be featured in the Whatcom Museum’s fourth biennial juried exhibition Bellingham National, opening November 11, 2023. Both long-established and up-and-coming visual artists from across....more

July 26, 2023
Summer Exhibitions at the Whatcom Museum Feature Coastal Landscape Paintings, Site-Specific Installation, Still-Life Photos

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 9, 2023; Bellingham, WA— This summer, three new exhibitions are opening at the Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher building. The shows will feature both traditional painting techniques, as well as contemporary expressions in a variety of media. “Coastal Views: California and the Pacific Northwest,” “Susan Murrell: Sift / Shift,” and “Let It Shine: Photographs by Mina Afshari” will all be on display June 24 – October 29, 2023.  Coastal Views....more

July 26, 2023
Whatcom Museum Opens New Historical Exhibit at Old City Hall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Bellingham, WA, May 27, 2023—The Whatcom Museum is excited to open a new exhibit at Old City Hall highlighting The Mount Baker Marathon. On Thursday, August 9, 1911, as the hour of 10:00pm fast approached, twenty-thousand spectators swarmed the streets of Bellingham to witness fourteen contestants embark on the first recorded mountain adventure race in American history. Competitors raced from the bay city at outrageous speeds aboard stripped-down automobiles and an old....more