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Address: 121 Prospect St, Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone Number: 360-778-8930
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Thu - Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Located in downtown Bellingham, WA, the Whatcom Museum features...

Located in downtown Bellingham, WA, the Whatcom Museum features revolving exhibitions of fine art and Northwest history, educational and enteraining programs, Family Interactive Gallery, and an extensive photo archives.

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Some interesting exhibits

The Lightcatcher part of the museum has a terrific display of Norma Bassett Hall woodblock prints and serigraphs, with accompanying narration/description. This exhibit was worth... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Bellingham, Washington
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Bellingham, Washington
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Lightcatcher part of the museum has a terrific display of Norma Bassett Hall woodblock prints and serigraphs, with accompanying narration/description. This exhibit was worth the price of admission. The other displays were interesting but not as impressive

Thank Bellinghamster64
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

This museum is well worth your time, especially if you take the time to look, read, and learn. Enter with open eyes and open mind and you won't be disappointed. We were treated to the amazing owl and woodpecker photographs of Paul Bannick (ends 10/25/15); Unhinged, a thought-provoking exhibition of book art (ends 1/3/16); and an exhibit of the artwork... More 

Thank NeilGEdmonds
Bellingham, Washington
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139 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

This special little place in Bellingham is a jewel for the community. The special exhibits are varied and outstanding. Watch carefully, the exhibits change regularly and it's well worth going back and back.

Thank MVCorey
Rochester, Minnesota
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321 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We had perfect weather, very calm and no wind, great non-stop narration provided by a volunteer from the museum. You can sit inside or outside with great views. You can bring your "picnic dinner", tables and chairs inside. You cannot bring alcohol, but beer and wine available along with snacks. Upstairs seating has seating with a canopy or without depending... More 

Thank Gwen G
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23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Recently visited the museum and was not very impressed. 2 of the galleries were not open and what was remaining was just a floor of antique time pieces and clocks and lots of historical photos of the City. The good thing was admission included a visit to the art gallery which did have an amazing collection of Indian lithography.

Thank Jeff P
Larkspur, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

This is a cool but small museum and great local park nearby called the Maritime Heritage Center. This a good place to take a break driving from Seattle to Vancouver. You must walk around several historic blocks by the waterfront in historic Bellingham.

Thank Oceandweller7
Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Fortunately, we visited the museum on Half-Price Thursday, because I don't think that the regular admission would have been worth it. The museum is housed in two buildings: the old city hall, and a new building about a block away. The city hall was certainly the best part of the visit. The first two floors were mostly photographs, and a... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Our experiences in the art museum have varied. We've visited this museum quite a few times, and though once or twice we found the exhibits small and disappointing, we have often found the traveling exhibits very impressive. That was the case on our recent visit. We found the "Radical Repetition" show impressive, well-presented and interesting. We also enjoyed the Lyle... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

So for the price of admission you get into 3 different buildings. The old city hall is cool and interesting. The building right next door is okay; it has a cool bird exhibit. But like other readers said, the new modern light-catcher museum is misleading. When we went only 1 of the 2 exhibit rooms were open. It's huge inside... More 

Thank mom2my4boyz
Bellingham, Washington
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

This review is limited to the Lightcatcher, the modern building that houses the Whatcom Museum's gallery of art. Though the building looks big enough from the outside, much of the inside is given over to a courtyard, cafe (Kackink!), the obligatory museum shop (Kachink!), and high ceilings. That leaves little space for actual exhibits - essentially two rooms and some... More 

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