The Whatcom Museum campus occupies three buildings in downtown Bellingham’s Arts District; two with regular public hours. There is limited free parking at Old City Hall, a one-block walk to the Lightcatcher building. Metered street parking is available on weekdays and parking is free on weekends. Public transportation is available. 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.

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

Admission

Members: Free
General: $10
Youth (6-17)/Students/Military(with valid ID)/Seniors (62+): $8
Children 2-5 years old: $5
Children under 2: Free
FIG discounted admission: $5 (Only valid Wed. – Sat., 10 AM – Noon; regular admission applies Wed.-Sun., noon – 5 PM)

2018 Holiday & Event Closures

June 20, 21 & 22 (Old City Hall)
July 4 (Entire campus)
August 10 (Old City Hall)
November 22 (Entire campus)
November 23 (Family Interactive Gallery)

1. Old City Hall

(Public programs and historical exhibits)
121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
General Info: 360.778.8930
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, Noo
n – 5 PM

2. Lightcatcher building

(Art Galleries + Family Interactive Gallery (FIG), hours below)
250 Flora Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
General Info: 360.778.8930
FIG General Info Line: 360.778.8974
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, Noon – 5 PM

FIG Hours:  Wednesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM
                        Sunday, Noon – 5 PM

3. Syre Education Center

(Photo Archives)
201 Prospect Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
General Info: 360.778.8930
Normally closed to the public, except for Photo Archives.

Photo Archives:
360.778.8950
Hours: Wednesday – Friday, 1 – 5 PM

Directions

North on I-5: Take exit 253/Lakeway Drive. Right onto King Street. Right onto Lakeway Drive. Lakeway becomes E. Holly Street. Right onto Bay Street. Immediate curve left onto Prospect Street. Old City Hall and the Syre are on the left. For the Lightcatcher, turn right from Prospect Street onto Flora Street. The building is on the corner of Flora Street and Grand Avenue.

South on I-5: Take exit 253/Lakeway Drive. Right onto Lakeway Drive. Lakeway becomes E. Holly Street. Right onto Bay Street. Immediate curve left onto Prospect Street. Old City Hall and the Syre are on the left. For the Lightcatcher, turn right from Prospect Street onto Flora Street. The building is on the corner of Flora Street and Grand Avenue.

Parking

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.

Accessibility

The Whatcom Museum strives to be accessible for all visitors and provides assistance at both of our buildings.

Accessibility at the Lightcatcher building: There is a drop-off area/temporary loading zone in front of the Lightcatcher on Flora Street with a 15 minute load/unload time limit. For additional assistance entering the Lightcatcher, call the front attendant desk at 360.778.8980. The building’s front entrance features automated doors. An elevator is located inside the building, toward the galleries, to access both levels of the building. Accessible restrooms are located on both levels of the building, as well as a family restroom in the Family Interactive Gallery. A complimentary wheelchair is available for loan on a first-come, first-served basis. Inquire at the attendant desk.

Accessibility at Old City Hall: An accessible parking space is located in the rear of the building, on the brick parking platform directly behind the back entrance doors. The accessible building entrance ramp is also located on the back side of the building. Take the ramp down to the basement level door and press the buzzer for assistance with opening the door. For additional assistance entering Old City Hall, call the front attendant desk at 360.778.8977. An elevator is located on the basement level that accesses all levels of the building. An accessible/family restroom is located on the first floor of the building.

Questions? Call 360.778.8930 or e-mail us.

Where to Stay

The Whatcom Museum is pleased to partner with these local hotels to provide special rates and packages for museum visitors. Click on the logos below to go directly to each hotel’s website.

Home2Suites

 

 

 

 

Call to book at the Hotel Bellwether, 877.411.1200, or The Chrysalis Inn & Spa, 888.808.0005, and mention the Whatcom Museum rate. Use the click-through links above to receive the special rates at the La Quinta Inn & Suites and Home2 Suites by Hilton (codes will auto-populate). Book online for the Heliotrope Hotel using the discount code Community18.