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: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Museum campus—Lightcatcher galleries and Old City Hall—is open at 50% capacity as part of Phase 3 of the governor’s Healthy Washington–Roadmap to Recovery plan. Museum hours are Thursdays – Sundays, Noon – 5pm. The Family Interactive Gallery (FIG) is open at 25% capacity and by reservation only. Visit our FIG page for more info. The Museum Store remains open at 50% capacity for in-person shopping Wednesday – Sunday, noon – 5pm. For more on our response to COVID-19, click here.

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.

To download a printable map and directions, click here.

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

Free Admission to Indigenous Peoples: The Whatcom Museum is offering free admission to the Lightcatcher building* to Indigenous Peoples upon request at the attendant desk inside the Lightcatcher building, 250 Flora St through Oct. 10, 2021. *excluding the Family Interactive Gallery (FIG).

Reciprocal membership programs:
The Whatcom Museum participates in the  North American Reciprocal Museum Association (NARM) and the Smithsonian Affiliate museums. Free reciprocal membership is provided by presenting a membership card with the NARM sticker, or by presenting a Smithsonian membership card.

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.

2021 Holiday & Event Closures

January 1 (Museum Store)
January 6 (Museum Store)
February 3 (Museum Store)
March 3 (Museum Store)
July 4 (Entire campus)
November 11 (Entire campus)

1. 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: Thursday – Sunday, Noon – 5 PM at 50% capacity

Museum Store: Wednesday – Sunday, Noon – 5 PM at 50% capacity

FIG Hours: Thursday – Saturday at two time slots, noon – 2pm or 2:30 – 4:30pm at 25% capacity and by reservation only. To learn more or book a reservation visit our FIG page.

2. Old City Hall

(Public programs and historical exhibits)
121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
General Info: 360.778.8930
Hours: Thursday – Sunday, Noon – 5 PM at 50% capacity

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.

The Photo Archive is accepting appointments for in-person research (no walk-ins), as well as taking email orders and inquiries.

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.

COVID-19 Disclaimer: While the Whatcom Museum has implemented rigorous protocols to maintain a clean and safe environment, an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is a very contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and visitors with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By visiting the Whatcom Museum you, and all members of your group, voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

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.

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Call to book at the Hotel Bellwether, 877.411.1200, The Chrysalis Inn & Spa, 888.808.0005, or The Fairhaven Village Inn, 877.733.1100, and mention the Whatcom Museum rate. Use the logo link above to receive the special rates at Home2 Suites by Hilton (codes will auto-populate). Book online for the Heliotrope Hotel using the discount code Community18. For additional lodging options and to find local travel information, click on the Visit Bellingham logo link above.

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