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“This time, it was great”
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.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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53 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“This time, it was great”
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 Wilson exhibition. It's hit and miss, I think, but this impressive building does offer opportunities to view interesting art, an achievement for such a venue in a small city.

Visited June 2014
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GIG HARBOR
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284 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Misleading Museum”
Reviewed April 6, 2014 via mobile

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 and seems to have been built more for meetings, parties, events, etc rather than a museum. Very disappointing.

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Bellingham, Washington
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12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“The Lightcatcher art museum, in the modern building, is a rip-off”
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 hallways. Admission to this scant offering, no photos allowed, is $10!

If you want to reassure yourself that you are not really missing anything, occasionally, on Art Walk nights, admission is free. But you can never be sure on *which* Art Walk night, nor when even one of those nights gets preempted by a "private event."

Visited November 2012
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Shoreline, Washington
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742 reviews
273 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
“Just average, just "okay" not a must see but if you have time”
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 see the view from the top of the hill overlooking the water or go down and eat some bbq pizza at Chuckanut Brewery just down the back stairs and through the park to the right across the street.

Visited August 2012
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Bellingham, Washington
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Overpriced”
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.

Visited February 2013
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