In support of the National, State, Regional, and local effort to control and mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Whatcom Museum has been directed to close to the public beginning March 16 through May 4 or until further notice. As a public gathering space, we are taking preventative action to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus to ensure the safety of our community.

All of our events, programs, and activities through May 4 have been canceled or postponed. Visit this page regularly for updates on building and program closures.

If you have questions about upcoming scheduled tours, private events, or other activities, email us at You can also leave a message on our general information line, 360.778.8930.

Thank you for your support and understanding. We look forward to seeing you at the Museum soon.

See the current list of cancelations below:

  • Museum Advocates: Across Generations: Women in Politics (March 12)
  • Historical Society: The Richards Building: Restoration Phase 2 (March 12)
  • Family Activity Day: Our Shared Stories (March 14)
  • Toward a More Perfect Democracy Panel Discussion: Imperfect Democracy (March 19)
  • Fourth Sundays: Audubon at the Museum (March 22)
  • Felted, Sculpted Hat Workshop with Flóra Carlile-Kovács (March 22)
  • Washington’s Undiscovered Feminists with Mayumi Tsutakawa (March 23)
  • Audubon Society: Deadly Deception: The Plight of Birds and Plastic Pollution (March 24)
  • Low Sensory Sunday (March 29)
  • Travelogue: The Border Project— Exploring the Mexico/US Border by Bicycle (April 2)
  • Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live (April 4)
  • Museum in Mind (April 7)
  • Global Getaway Spring Break Activities (April 8-10)
  • Museum Advocates: Sea Stories of a Lifetime Love Affair With Boats, Ships, and the Ocean (April 9)
  • Historical Society: The History of the Camp Glacier Civilian Conservation Corps Project (April 9)
  • Toward a More Perfect Democracy Panel Discussion: Diversity and Demographic Change (April 16)
  • In Conversation with Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis (April 17)
  • Protest for Our Planet Sign-Making (April 22)
  • Film Screening and Discussion of An Ocean Mystery (April 23)
  • Crafts Against Climate Change (April 25)
  • Fourth Sundays: Audubon at the Museum (April 26)
  • Audubon Society: The Great Goat Roundup (April 28)

Also canceled through May 4: Docent-led gallery tours, Old City Hall History Tours, FIG birthday parties, all School Tours, FIG activities, and private event rentals. The Photo Archive is also not accepting new orders or inquires at this time.

Here are the best actions to reduce the spread of the virus:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for 20+ seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay away from other people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home to prevent spreading the infection to others. (Employees who are feeling ill are expected to stay home and use available leave banks or benefits.)
  • Do not go to emergency rooms or urgent care clinics if your illness is mild and can be managed at home.
  • Even if you are feeling well, avoid visiting hospitals, long-term care facilities or nursing homes.
  • People who are sick with cough or fever should not attend work until 72 hours after fever has resolved or seven days after illness began, whichever is longer.