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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
Description: Located in downtown Bellingham, WA, the Whatcom Museum features revolving...
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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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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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.

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Larkspur, Colorado
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187 attraction reviews
199 helpful votes 199 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.

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Seattle, Washington
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
30 helpful votes 30 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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121 reviews 121 reviews
37 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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79 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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90 reviews 90 reviews
24 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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