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Whatcom Museum

121 Prospect St, Bellingham, WA 98225
360-778-8930
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Ranked #31 of 32 Attractions in Bellingham
Type: Museums, Art Museums, History Museums
Owner description: Located in downtown Bellingham, WA, the Whatcom Museum features revolving exhibitions of fine art and Northwest history, educational and enteraining... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Seattle, Washington
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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GIG HARBOR
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69 reviews 69 reviews
16 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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

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Bellingham, Washington
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Bellingham, Washington
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280 reviews 280 reviews
62 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

A somewhat smaller city museum with some interesting but not "must see" works that periodically come through, the staff was friendly enough and pleasant, I do not remember the pricing really, is it something you gotta do if you're in Bellingham ? No, not really.But if you have time check it out and then go out to the back and... More

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Bellingham, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

This is a fair museum at best. The City spent way more than budget and are now trying to recover by overcharging.

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Seattle
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78 reviews 78 reviews
20 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

After reading about the WM's current exhibits, we headed north from Seattle, and it was worth the trip to this local treasure! This museum occupies three buildings in the downtown Bellingham arts district. We enjoyed the amazing archival photographs displayed in the Old City Hall, plus the current exhibit of Pacific Northwest landscape paintings. After a walkabout and lunch break,... More

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Woodinville, Washington
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

We loved this Museum. Lots of History in and around Bellingham. Went to the Museum before we did the Historic walking tour of Bellingham. We knew a lot more than the brochure provided while we walked. Highly recommend visiting it. The building itself is historic.

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Ferndale, Washington
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76 reviews 76 reviews
30 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2012

There are a few nice exhibits here but I always leave thinking "is that all?"

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fendale
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50 reviews 50 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

Great set up easy to follow informational articles, great variety. Kids loved it

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