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Whatcom Museum - Old City Hall

121 Prospect St., Bellingham, WA



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John M. Edson Hall of Birds

Museum, Nature

The Whatcom Museum's founding collection of mounted birds is reinterpreted as an educational experience at Old City Hall. Designed in collaboration with the North Cascades Audubon Society, the new exhibit will provide opportunities to learn about bird migration, conservation success stories, birds in peril, and the importance of studying bird specimens today. Alongside the interpretive panels and the birds themselves, the Hall of Birds will provide a variety of interactive opportunities for all ages.


• Thu 12/14/17 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Fri 12/15/17 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sat 12/16/17 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sun 12/17/17 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Wed 12/20/17 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Thu 12/21/17 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Fri 12/22/17 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sat 12/23/17 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sun 12/24/17 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Wed 12/27/17 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Thu 12/28/17 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Fri 12/29/17 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sat 12/30/17 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sun 12/31/17 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Other Upcoming Events

Museum Advocates: Bellingham High School Showstoppers Holiday Concert

Holiday Music

The Bellingham High School (BHS) Showstoppers spreads holiday magic with their stellar song and dance. Be prepared to get into the spirit of the season with this 20-member group, auditioned out of the BHS Concert Choir. The Showstoppers has won the regional contests for many years, and received first place at the state contest in 2015. Directed by Linda Short. Come celebrate with the Showstoppers! Join the Advocates for coffee at 11:30am. The program begins at noon.


• Thu 12/14/17 at 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Historical Society: Annual History Holiday Open Mic

Community Event

Historical Society members, and the public, are welcome to participate and share in a fun evening of holiday cheer at the annual history holiday open mic. Presentations can be about local history, interesting artifacts, research projects, and more. Local authors will be on hand with books for holiday giving. Co-presented by the Whatcom County Historical Society (WCHS). $5 suggested donation/Museum & WCHS members free


• Thu 12/14/17 at 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

The Reinvention of the John M. Edson Hall of Birds

Education, Talks/Lectures

Victoria Blackwell, Director of Exhibitions at the Museum, will present the "nuts & bolts" of how the exhibition team developed the John M. Edson Hall of Birds at Old City Hall. From inception to grand opening, Blackwell will discuss how hundreds of birds were relocated from the Syre building, and how the informative and interactive components were researched and designed. Members of the North Cascades Audubon Society, who were critical in developing the narrative and providing information about birds in peril, will attend the presentation.


• Thu 1/11/18 at - 11:30 PM

Local History Book Talks



• Thu 1/11/18 at 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Travelogue: Mother and Daughter Explore Central and Eastern Europe


Nicole Oliver and Chloe Fearing spent 16 days in September and October of 2017 exploring Prague, Krakow, Levoca, Kosice, Eger and Budapest. Their trip was intentionally balanced between city and countryside, with an emphasis on seeing historic sites, frugality, and getting the most out of each day and each location. Learn more about their trip through slides and stories. Light refreshments served.


• Thu 1/18/18 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Art Auction Gala Presented by Peoples Bank

Benefit/Fundraiser, Auction

Join us to launch the New Year with our annual art auction and gala evening. Tickets are available on


• Fri 1/19/18 at - 5:30 PM

Discovering Dragonflies


Did you know that dragonflies and damselflies have excellent vision, but canít hear; have six legs, but can't walk; are fierce predators of other insects, but are harmless to humans? Retired Professor James Walker, "Dragonfly Whisperer," is credited with the discovery of the Splash-Dunk/Spin-Dry behavior in the Paddle-tailed Darner. Donít miss Jim's engaging presentation on the amazing and unusual behavior of dragonflies and damselflies of the Pacific Coast.


• Tue 1/23/18 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Fourth Sundays: Audubon at the Museum


Join experts from North Cascades Audubon Society in the John M. Edson Hall of Birds. In addition to displays of more than 500 mounted birds, the exhibit provides opportunities to learn about migration, conservation, birds in peril, and the importance of studying bird specimens today. The exhibit provides a variety of interactives, including video and audio files, and hands-on activities for children. All ages welcome.


• Sun 1/28/18 at 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM