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Address: 121 Prospect St, Bellingham, WA 98225
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+1 360-778-8930
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Thu - Sun 12:00 - 17:00

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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Bellingham Museum a must

As a kid I went to this museum in the 50's. Went again with my kids and with grandkids. I am not sure which time I was most thrilled. Worth the trip.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Dan R
Rainier, Oregon
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Rainier, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As a kid I went to this museum in the 50's. Went again with my kids and with grandkids. I am not sure which time I was most thrilled. Worth the trip.

Thank Dan R
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

This was my first visit to the Lightcatcher exhibit building of the Whatcom Museum. It is located a block away from the old red brick city hall building that houses the original museum. This new space is light and bright with a curved translucent wall separating the galleries from an outdoor patio. We came to see the National Geographic photography... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

The Whatcom Museum offers permanent and temporary exhibits about regional history, natural history, and art in three buildings, including the Old City Hall and the Lightcatcher, a lovely modern building. A Maritime History gallery opened this summer in the Old City Hall. That building also has a new video and materials about the history of the Whatcom region that are... More 

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White Rock, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

The museum is located downtown with lots of parking. The building is very attractive and very well maintained. Good history of Bellingham and excellent art and artifacts.

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Strathbogie, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Expensive for what it is. Still we found it interesting to learn about some of the earlier years in and around Bellingham Some interesting photography of early days. It saddened me to see photographs of massive beautiful trees which had been growing in the district..which unfortunately are now all gone and never to be seen again. Well worth a visit... More 

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Reston, Virginia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 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.

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Lawrence, Kansas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 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!

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Franklin, Tennessee
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 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 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 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 

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