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“Cool Buildings + Eclectic Exhibits”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Whatcom Museum

Whatcom Museum
Ranked #27 of 81 things to do in Bellingham
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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.
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107 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Cool Buildings + Eclectic Exhibits”
4 of 5 bubbles 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, we headed over to the Lightcatcher Building, an attractive LEED Silver sustainable building designed by revered Northwest architecture firm Olson Kundig. Be sure to visit before March 24 to view the very funky "Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection." These 65 paintings by 26 contemporary Chicano artists will tickle your art and cosmic consciousness. The California Impressionists exhibit from the Irvine Museum, which closed 2/17/13, evoked the light and warmth of California land and seascapes. Always a delight on a gray Northwest afternoon.

Visited February 2013
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Woodinville, Washington
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Plan on at least an hour!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited August 2012
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Ferndale, Washington
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105 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“A few nice exhibits”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2012

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

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49 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2012

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

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