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Address: 121 Prospect St, Bellingham, WA 98225-4497
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 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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Nice photographs

It was neat to see photographs of Bellingham through the years. The museum is in two different buildings about a block apart. One building has a neat place for kids to play/do... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 7, 2016
Lysette D
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Reston, Virginia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were visiting for a week and decided to check out this local museum. Half of the exhibits they advertised were packed up or "in migration". Not worth the $20 we paid to enter. Bird exhibit..one to no birds in display case. Sections closed off. This was a poor excuse for a museum.

Thank VA2NJ
Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016

I have loved this building ever since I was a child. At that time it was free and the building was filled with amazing exhibits of Indian artifacts, rare bird eggs, birds and much more. Now the exhibits vary and there is a small admission fee. It is well worth seeing for it's history and architecture alone.

Thank Lorraine D
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

It was neat to see photographs of Bellingham through the years. The museum is in two different buildings about a block apart. One building has a neat place for kids to play/do hands on activities and some unique artwork. The other is full of historical photographs. Thursday was discounted admission day!

2 Thank Lysette D
Franklin, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

We mostly enjoyed talking with the custodian and ticketing person upon entry, who was full of historical stories - good that no one else was in the museum at the same time. There are not a lot of artifacts, but loads of photos showing the origins and previously very busy times of the early years.

Thank jimmclendon
Banbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

A wide diversity of items are covered in these 3 buildings. The old building is an museum in it own right without the photographs and tools that were there. The birds of Washington in the old firehouse are exceptional and are show with great skill and thought. Along with the history of logging and details of the First Nation people's... More 

Thank John R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

Entry fee gets you into three buildings and they are all unique. The photographs and artwork are so interesting. The backdrops next door behind the exhibits made the birds, the loggers, and the native people look like they were really there in their natural environment.

Thank Melissa K
Shoreline, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

The FIg is such a gem for Bellingham. What a thoughtful and beautiful exploration into the minds and devilment of young children. We have a membership here, have had a birthday party here, done the Sprouts tot art classes and camps for older children. Just love, love, love. All the people are the sweetest, approachable, my kids are so comfortable... More 

Thank Jeanine C
Bellingham, Wa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Love the architecture of this building & what it holds. They have a wonderful photo department where you can order copies of some of the best black & whites in the County.

Thank vhagenm
Gig Harbor, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

Three or four buildings are a part of this museum. We enjoyed what each uniquely had to offer. Allows you to walk through town a bit and get a sense of history too. We even made a clay project in one of the building. Has a great family friendly section.

Thank Dani333
Bellingham, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016

We utilized free passes from the Whatcom Library to come visit the Lightcatcher and the FIG last weekend. The FIG was a lot of fun for both my toddler and my teenager. There were so many options to take part in for the toddler, including dress up props, an art studio, STEM activities, and a small section dedicated to local... More 

Thank Alishia J

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