Rainbow colored sound waves in the shape of a sun with the words Summer of Sound inside

This summer, the Museum is hosting a variety of exhibits and programs that celebrate music and sound. See two historic music exhibits at Old City Hall, attend a free chamber music concert with musicians from the Bellingham Festival of Music, or bring the kids to the Family Interactive Gallery for Saturdays with the Symphony. We hope you’ll tune in to our Summer of Sound!


Saturdays with the Symphony
Saturdays, June 4, July 2, & Aug. 6, 2 – 3pm
Family Interactive Gallery (FIG) inside the Lightcatcher building | 250 Flora St.
Included with admission/Members free
In collaboration with the Bellingham Symphony Orchestra and Bellingham Festival of Music, we are bringing music into the FIG! Kids can meet a musician, hear them play, and participate in a related art activity. Join us June 4 to meet Daniel Bolshoy on guitar, July 2 to meet Anne McCafferty on cello, and August 6 to meet Dawn Posey on violin.


Ukulele Performance in the Courtyard
Thursdays, June 23, July 28, and August 25, 4:30-5:30pm
Lightcatcher Courtyard | 250 Flora Street
Free for all ages
The Community Ukulele Players (CUP) will be performing in the Lightcatcher Courtyard for a free concert. Come in for dinner that evening at Bar Cicotti, or just sit in the Courtyard to enjoy community music. CUP performers will serenade diners and Museum guests with their joyous and fun sounds!


Bellingham Festival of Music: Chamber Music Concert
Friday, July 22, Seating at 3:30pm; Concert 4 – 5pm
Old City Hall | 121 Prospect St.
for all ages
Join us for a free community chamber concert by musicians from the Bellingham Festival of Music Orchestra.



Not One of the Boys: The Psychedelic Posters of Bonnie MacLean
May 14 – November 20, 2022
Old City Hall | 121 Prospect St.

Included with admission/Members free
See colorful concert posters by Bonnie MacLean, who created psychedelic art posters in San Francisco during the mid-1960s. She borrowed from Art Nouveau styles, but also created her own designs with elaborate plumes, curving letters, and stoic faces.


The Scene: A Journey Through Bellingham’s Musical Past
May 21 – November 20, 2022

Old City Hall | 121 Prospect St.
Included with admission/Members free
From string bands on steamboats in the 1890s to alternative/indie rock bands today, for more than 100 years Bellingham’s music scene has embraced genres ranging from folk to classical to rock and roll and beyond. See a timeline of the styles, musicians, and venues that helped put Bellingham on the “music map.”