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Museum Advocates Tag Sale 2019

Help the hard-working Whatcom Museum Advocates raise funds for exhibitions and programming by shopping at the 14th annual Tag Sale! With a wide selection of fine art, china, jewelry, holiday décor, small furnishings, and household items for sale, there’s something for everyone. Score some deals, discover new treasures, and support the Museum all at the same time! To donate to the sale, call the Tag Sale info line at 360.778.8988.

Narrator on the History Sunset Cruise

History Sunset Cruises

Climb aboard San Juan Cruises’ Victoria Star for our 36th annual summertime History Sunset Cruises, hosted by local historians Brian Griffin or Doug Starcher. You’ll enjoy beautiful scenery and hear stories about the region’s history. Pack a picnic, sunglasses, and a light jacket. Wine and beer sold on board. San Juan Cruises is located at the Bellingham/Alaska Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. History Cruise boards 6:15pm, departs 6:30pm, returns 8:30pm.

Ticket Info:

  • $30 Museum members
  • $35 General
  • $28 Group rate (per person) available for blocks of 12 or more tickets purchased together

More info available at https://www.whatcommuseum.org/explore/history-sunset-cruise/

Kids making art at a table

FIG Studio: Summer Memory Books

A self-guided, self-exploratory play-to-learn, make-and-take space for young inquisitive minds to imagine, create, and innovate. Perfect for all ages. The Studio is open for free-creation and sensory exploration, and our supply bins are stocked with plenty of materials!

August 28 – September 1: Summer Memory Books

What did you do this summer? Join us in the FIG to tell us your stories and make a book about your adventures.

Child working with clay

Paint Play: Make Your Own Fossil

Paint Play encourages little hands to brush, mix, and touch using a variety of art materials. Explore different drawing and painting techniques, from finger-painting to watercolors to tempera.

August 29 & 31: Make Your Own Fossil

Use special dough to make your own fossils to take home.

Kids making art at a table

FIG Studio: Summer Memory Books

A self-guided, self-exploratory play-to-learn, make-and-take space for young inquisitive minds to imagine, create, and innovate. Perfect for all ages. The Studio is open for free-creation and sensory exploration, and our supply bins are stocked with plenty of materials!

August 28 – September 1: Summer Memory Books

What did you do this summer? Join us in the FIG to tell us your stories and make a book about your adventures.

Kids making art at a table

FIG Studio: Summer Memory Books

A self-guided, self-exploratory play-to-learn, make-and-take space for young inquisitive minds to imagine, create, and innovate. Perfect for all ages. The Studio is open for free-creation and sensory exploration, and our supply bins are stocked with plenty of materials!

August 28 – September 1: Summer Memory Books

What did you do this summer? Join us in the FIG to tell us your stories and make a book about your adventures.

Child working with clay

Paint Play: Make Your Own Fossil

Paint Play encourages little hands to brush, mix, and touch using a variety of art materials. Explore different drawing and painting techniques, from finger-painting to watercolors to tempera.

August 29 & 31: Make Your Own Fossil

Use special dough to make your own fossils to take home.

Kids making art at a table

FIG Studio: Summer Memory Books

A self-guided, self-exploratory play-to-learn, make-and-take space for young inquisitive minds to imagine, create, and innovate. Perfect for all ages. The Studio is open for free-creation and sensory exploration, and our supply bins are stocked with plenty of materials!

August 28 – September 1: Summer Memory Books

What did you do this summer? Join us in the FIG to tell us your stories and make a book about your adventures.

Science Lab at the FIG: Fossils

Science Lab inspires innovative thinkers and future designers and engineers! Engage in sensory experimentation, build math and science skills, and strengthen hand-eye coordination. Classes are led by a FIG educator and rotate weekly.

August 28: Fossils

Learn how plant and animal prints have gotten trapped in stone and what the best way is to find them in the wild.

 

Kids making art at a table

FIG Studio: Summer Memory Books

A self-guided, self-exploratory play-to-learn, make-and-take space for young inquisitive minds to imagine, create, and innovate. Perfect for all ages. The Studio is open for free-creation and sensory exploration, and our supply bins are stocked with plenty of materials!

August 28 – September 1: Summer Memory Books

What did you do this summer? Join us in the FIG to tell us your stories and make a book about your adventures.

Narrator on the History Sunset Cruise

History Sunset Cruises

Climb aboard San Juan Cruises’ Victoria Star for our 36th annual summertime History Sunset Cruises, hosted by local historians Brian Griffin or Doug Starcher. You’ll enjoy beautiful scenery and hear stories about the region’s history. Pack a picnic, sunglasses, and a light jacket. Wine and beer sold on board. San Juan Cruises is located at the Bellingham/Alaska Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. History Cruise boards 6:15pm, departs 6:30pm, returns 8:30pm.

Ticket Info:

  • $30 Museum members
  • $35 General
  • $28 Group rate (per person) available for blocks of 12 or more tickets purchased together

More info available at https://www.whatcommuseum.org/explore/history-sunset-cruise/

Modern quilt by Maritza Soto

Docent-Led Tours of Modern Quilts

Take a docent-led tour and learn more about the artists and artwork featured in Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century. Our trained docents will provide insight into the history of modern quilting as an art form, as well as discuss specific quilts. Tours begin in the lobby of the Lightcatcher and last one hour.

Fourth Sundays: Audubon at the Museum

Drop in to Old City Hall and join experts from the North Cascades Audubon Society in the John M. Edson Hall of Birds to learn about migration, conservation, birds in peril, and the importance of studying bird specimens today. The exhibit provides a variety of interactives, including video and audio files, and hands-on activities for children. All ages welcome.

Windsock made of paper

FIG Studio: Windsock

A self-guided, self-exploratory play-to-learn, make-and-take space for young inquisitive minds to imagine, create, and innovate. Perfect for all ages. The Studio is open for free-creation and sensory exploration, and our supply bins are stocked with plenty of materials!

August 21 – 25: Windsock

Which way is the wind blowing? This week you can make a magical new toy that will glide in the wind and reveal which direction the wind is blowing.

Marla hand quilting close up

Ask a Quilter

Members of the Bellingham Modern Quilt Guild will be in the exhibition gallery every Saturday afternoon to share informally about modern quilt design and methods, answer questions, and demonstrate techniques.

Modern quilt by Maritza Soto

Docent-Led Tours of Modern Quilts

Take a docent-led tour and learn more about the artists and artwork featured in Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century. Our trained docents will provide insight into the history of modern quilting as an art form, as well as discuss specific quilts. Tours begin in the lobby of the Lightcatcher and last one hour.

Kid playing with shaving cream

Paint Play: Shaving Cream Prints

Paint Play encourages little hands to brush, mix, and touch using a variety of art materials. Explore different drawing and painting techniques, from finger-painting to watercolors to tempera.

August 22 & 24: Shaving Cream Prints

Let’s make a swirly mess together then place paper on top to create magical art!

Windsock made of paper

FIG Studio: Windsock

A self-guided, self-exploratory play-to-learn, make-and-take space for young inquisitive minds to imagine, create, and innovate. Perfect for all ages. The Studio is open for free-creation and sensory exploration, and our supply bins are stocked with plenty of materials!

August 21 – 25: Windsock

Which way is the wind blowing? This week you can make a magical new toy that will glide in the wind and reveal which direction the wind is blowing.

Windsock made of paper

FIG Studio: Windsock

A self-guided, self-exploratory play-to-learn, make-and-take space for young inquisitive minds to imagine, create, and innovate. Perfect for all ages. The Studio is open for free-creation and sensory exploration, and our supply bins are stocked with plenty of materials!

August 21 – 25: Windsock

Which way is the wind blowing? This week you can make a magical new toy that will glide in the wind and reveal which direction the wind is blowing.

Modern quilt by Maritza Soto

Docent-Led Tours of Modern Quilts

Take a docent-led tour and learn more about the artists and artwork featured in Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century. Our trained docents will provide insight into the history of modern quilting as an art form, as well as discuss specific quilts. Tours begin in the lobby of the Lightcatcher and last one hour.

Kid playing with shaving cream

Paint Play: Shaving Cream Prints

Paint Play encourages little hands to brush, mix, and touch using a variety of art materials. Explore different drawing and painting techniques, from finger-painting to watercolors to tempera.

August 22 & 24: Shaving Cream Prints

Let’s make a swirly mess together then place paper on top to create magical art!

Windsock made of paper

FIG Studio: Windsock

A self-guided, self-exploratory play-to-learn, make-and-take space for young inquisitive minds to imagine, create, and innovate. Perfect for all ages. The Studio is open for free-creation and sensory exploration, and our supply bins are stocked with plenty of materials!

August 21 – 25: Windsock

Which way is the wind blowing? This week you can make a magical new toy that will glide in the wind and reveal which direction the wind is blowing.