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Whatcom Museum

121 Prospect St, Bellingham, WA 98225
360-778-8930
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Ranked #27 of 31 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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GIG HARBOR
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58 reviews 58 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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237 reviews 237 reviews
56 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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61 reviews 61 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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28 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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