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Whatcom Museum - Old City Hall

121 Prospect St., Bellingham, WA

Phone:
1-(360)-778-8930

Website:
www.whatcommuseum.org

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Featured Event

The Elephant in the Room: The Allure of Ivory and its Tragic Legacy

Art Show

In conjunction with our Lightcatcher exhibition, Endangered Species: Artists on the Front Line of Biodiversity, the Museum will explore the story of ivory from pre-history to modern times, featuring a selection of ivory from the collection, research in elephant communications, the devastating effects of ivory hunting, and how organizations are trying to save this these incredible animals.

Information:

• Sat 9/8/18 - Sun 3/31/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Other Upcoming Events

Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom.

Installations

The exhibit Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom. at the Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall is full of emotion-packed stories documenting the personal experiences of men and women who fought for freedom on the battlefield and on the home-front. The Legacy Washington exhibit was created through the Office of the Secretary of State to honor the tens of thousands of Washingtonians who served in the war. In addition to the Legacy stories, the exhibit will highlight a variety of WWII artifacts, documents, and historic photographs from the Whatcom Museumís collection.

Information:

• Wed 1/23/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Thu 1/24/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Fri 1/25/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sat 1/26/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sun 1/27/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Fourth Sundays: Audubon at the Museum

Talks/Lectures

Drop-in at Old City Hall and talk to 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.

Information:

• Sun 1/27/19 at 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom.

Installations

The exhibit Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom. at the Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall is full of emotion-packed stories documenting the personal experiences of men and women who fought for freedom on the battlefield and on the home-front. The Legacy Washington exhibit was created through the Office of the Secretary of State to honor the tens of thousands of Washingtonians who served in the war. In addition to the Legacy stories, the exhibit will highlight a variety of WWII artifacts, documents, and historic photographs from the Whatcom Museumís collection.

Information:

• Wed 1/30/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Thu 1/31/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Fri 2/1/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sat 2/2/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sun 2/3/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Old City Hall History Tour

Tour

Take a fun, informative docent-led tour of Old City Hall on Sundays at 12:30 pm. The Museumís trained guides take participants down to the basement of Old City Hall to see the historic jail rooms, including a padded cell from the days of prohibition. They share insights into the early use of the basement as the city jail, as well as tell unique stories. Tours include an overview about the architecture of the venerable building and the history of the early days of Bellingham. Tours last one hour and begin on the first-floor lobby of Old City Hall.

Information:

• Sun 2/3/19 at 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Glen Echo Botanical Garden with Dick Bosch

Gardening

Whatcom County has a 7 acre garden treasure in Glen Echo Botanical Garden. Owner, Dick Bosch, bought the property in 1971 and began recovering the land. The garden is divided into 9 sections, Blue Garden, English Garden, Moss and Fern Garden, Fuchsia and Begonia Garden, Natural Forest, Japanese Garden, Rose Garden, Stump Garden and Serenity Garden. Please join us for what should be an amazing look into the retirement fulfillment of Dick's garden dream. The garden is open to the public March 1 to October 31, (10 AM to 8 PM). http://www.glenechogarden.com/ourstory.html. Birchwood Garden Club membership is open to anyone in Whatcom or Skagit County.

Information:

• Wed 2/6/19 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom.

Installations

The exhibit Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom. at the Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall is full of emotion-packed stories documenting the personal experiences of men and women who fought for freedom on the battlefield and on the home-front. The Legacy Washington exhibit was created through the Office of the Secretary of State to honor the tens of thousands of Washingtonians who served in the war. In addition to the Legacy stories, the exhibit will highlight a variety of WWII artifacts, documents, and historic photographs from the Whatcom Museumís collection.

Information:

• Wed 2/6/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Thu 2/7/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Travelogue: An Art Historical Tour of Sacred Architecture Throughout Asia, Africa, and the Middle East

Talks/Lectures

Ancient civilizations recognized our need for scared space as part of our human condition. Peoples throughout the world therefore have created these spaces as a reflection of their culture and have used them historically for ceremonies, mindful meditation, and prayer. In this talk by Emily Russamenti we will experience sacred spaces throughout Asia, Africa, and the Middle East through the lens of photographs and travel stories, gaining a deeper understanding of sacred architecture and the unique cultures that created them. Light refreshments served. Co-presented by Bellingham Parks & Recreation. No need to pre-register, just bring your curiosity.

Information:

• Thu 2/7/19 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom.

Installations

The exhibit Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom. at the Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall is full of emotion-packed stories documenting the personal experiences of men and women who fought for freedom on the battlefield and on the home-front. The Legacy Washington exhibit was created through the Office of the Secretary of State to honor the tens of thousands of Washingtonians who served in the war. In addition to the Legacy stories, the exhibit will highlight a variety of WWII artifacts, documents, and historic photographs from the Whatcom Museumís collection.

Information:

• Fri 2/8/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sat 2/9/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sun 2/10/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Old City Hall History Tour

Tour

Take a fun, informative docent-led tour of Old City Hall on Sundays at 12:30 pm. The Museumís trained guides take participants down to the basement of Old City Hall to see the historic jail rooms, including a padded cell from the days of prohibition. They share insights into the early use of the basement as the city jail, as well as tell unique stories. Tours include an overview about the architecture of the venerable building and the history of the early days of Bellingham. Tours last one hour and begin on the first-floor lobby of Old City Hall.

Information:

• Sun 2/10/19 at 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom.

Installations

The exhibit Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom. at the Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall is full of emotion-packed stories documenting the personal experiences of men and women who fought for freedom on the battlefield and on the home-front. The Legacy Washington exhibit was created through the Office of the Secretary of State to honor the tens of thousands of Washingtonians who served in the war. In addition to the Legacy stories, the exhibit will highlight a variety of WWII artifacts, documents, and historic photographs from the Whatcom Museumís collection.

Information:

• Wed 2/13/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Thu 2/14/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Museum Advocates: We Love Our City Ė 1 Percent for the Arts

Art Talk

Join the Museum Advocates for a program this Valentineís Day to share your love for local art and learn more about the Bellingham Arts Commissionís One Percent for the Arts program. The program requires one percent of eligible capital improvement projects in the city to be spent on integrating artwork into the building projects. The intention is to bring works of art into the public realm. The most recent public artwork that is part of the program is the ďAcid BallĒ located at the cityís new waterfront Waypoint Park.

Information:

• Thu 2/14/19 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Historical Society: Fairhaven Development History as an Indicator of the Local Economy, 1856, 1889, 1970, 1994, & 2016

Talks/Lectures

In a lovely corner of Bellingham Washington stands the former Town of Fairhaven. Its growth pattern over the last 164 years has been to grow with booms and fade with busts. But, why? Jackie Lynch will outline the history of at least six boom cycles in the Fairhaven area, and tie this history to changes to the Stateís and the Nationís economy. How much of Fairhavenís appearance is based on the great tsunamis of history and the economy? And, what can we learn about these changes from Fairhavenís buildings? This fast-moving presentationís goal is to provide people interested in Fairhaven and local history with the greater stories told by wood, brick, and mortar. Jackie Lynch has been an urban planner for the City of Bellingham for 29 years and an amateur Anglo-Saxon historian for even longer. She is fascinated by the stories told by our built environment, and how we can influence this environment to support our overlapping natural and human worlds. Co-presented by the Whatcom County Historical Society.

Information:

• Thu 2/14/19 at 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom.

Installations

The exhibit Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom. at the Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall is full of emotion-packed stories documenting the personal experiences of men and women who fought for freedom on the battlefield and on the home-front. The Legacy Washington exhibit was created through the Office of the Secretary of State to honor the tens of thousands of Washingtonians who served in the war. In addition to the Legacy stories, the exhibit will highlight a variety of WWII artifacts, documents, and historic photographs from the Whatcom Museumís collection.

Information:

• Fri 2/15/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sat 2/16/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sun 2/17/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Old City Hall History Tour

Tour

Take a fun, informative docent-led tour of Old City Hall on Sundays at 12:30 pm. The Museumís trained guides take participants down to the basement of Old City Hall to see the historic jail rooms, including a padded cell from the days of prohibition. They share insights into the early use of the basement as the city jail, as well as tell unique stories. Tours include an overview about the architecture of the venerable building and the history of the early days of Bellingham. Tours last one hour and begin on the first-floor lobby of Old City Hall.

Information:

• Sun 2/17/19 at 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom.

Installations

The exhibit Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom. at the Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall is full of emotion-packed stories documenting the personal experiences of men and women who fought for freedom on the battlefield and on the home-front. The Legacy Washington exhibit was created through the Office of the Secretary of State to honor the tens of thousands of Washingtonians who served in the war. In addition to the Legacy stories, the exhibit will highlight a variety of WWII artifacts, documents, and historic photographs from the Whatcom Museumís collection.

Information:

• Wed 2/20/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Thu 2/21/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Fri 2/22/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sat 2/23/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sun 2/24/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Old City Hall History Tour

Tour

Take a fun, informative docent-led tour of Old City Hall on Sundays at 12:30 pm. The Museumís trained guides take participants down to the basement of Old City Hall to see the historic jail rooms, including a padded cell from the days of prohibition. They share insights into the early use of the basement as the city jail, as well as tell unique stories. Tours include an overview about the architecture of the venerable building and the history of the early days of Bellingham. Tours last one hour and begin on the first-floor lobby of Old City Hall.

Information:

• Sun 2/24/19 at 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Fourth Sundays: Audubon at the Museum

Talks/Lectures

Join experts from North Cascades Audubon Society in the new John M. Edson Hall of Birds. In addition to displays of more than 500 mounted birds, the new 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. Come and go as needed. All ages welcome.

Information:

• Sun 2/24/19 at 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Audubon: Wildlife Rehabilitation

Talks/Lectures

The purpose of wildlife rehabilitation is to treat sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife with the goal of releasing them back into the wild. The Whatcom Humane Society Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is the primary facility of Whatcom County, but often receive animals from all over the state. Housing, diet, husbandry, enrichment and medical care tailored to each species maximizes their chances of release. Makenna Johansen and Alysha Evans will walk us through the rehabilitation process from intake to release and will dive into the details of some of the cases they receive. Co-presented by the North Cascades Audubon Society.

Information:

• Tue 2/26/19 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom.

Installations

The exhibit Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom. at the Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall is full of emotion-packed stories documenting the personal experiences of men and women who fought for freedom on the battlefield and on the home-front. The Legacy Washington exhibit was created through the Office of the Secretary of State to honor the tens of thousands of Washingtonians who served in the war. In addition to the Legacy stories, the exhibit will highlight a variety of WWII artifacts, documents, and historic photographs from the Whatcom Museumís collection.

Information:

• Wed 2/27/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Thu 2/28/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Fri 3/1/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sat 3/2/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sun 3/3/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Old City Hall History Tour

Tour

Take a fun, informative docent-led tour of Old City Hall on Sundays at 12:30 pm. The Museumís trained guides take participants down to the basement of Old City Hall to see the historic jail rooms, including a padded cell from the days of prohibition. They share insights into the early use of the basement as the city jail, as well as tell unique stories. Tours include an overview about the architecture of the venerable building and the history of the early days of Bellingham. Tours last one hour and begin on the first-floor lobby of Old City Hall.

Information:

• Sun 3/3/19 at 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom.

Installations

The exhibit Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom. at the Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall is full of emotion-packed stories documenting the personal experiences of men and women who fought for freedom on the battlefield and on the home-front. The Legacy Washington exhibit was created through the Office of the Secretary of State to honor the tens of thousands of Washingtonians who served in the war. In addition to the Legacy stories, the exhibit will highlight a variety of WWII artifacts, documents, and historic photographs from the Whatcom Museumís collection.

Information:

• Wed 3/6/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Thu 3/7/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Fri 3/8/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sat 3/9/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Sun 3/10/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Old City Hall History Tour

Tour

Take a fun, informative docent-led tour of Old City Hall on Sundays at 12:30 pm. The Museumís trained guides take participants down to the basement of Old City Hall to see the historic jail rooms, including a padded cell from the days of prohibition. They share insights into the early use of the basement as the city jail, as well as tell unique stories. Tours include an overview about the architecture of the venerable building and the history of the early days of Bellingham. Tours last one hour and begin on the first-floor lobby of Old City Hall.

Information:

• Sun 3/10/19 at 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom.

Installations

The exhibit Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom. at the Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall is full of emotion-packed stories documenting the personal experiences of men and women who fought for freedom on the battlefield and on the home-front. The Legacy Washington exhibit was created through the Office of the Secretary of State to honor the tens of thousands of Washingtonians who served in the war. In addition to the Legacy stories, the exhibit will highlight a variety of WWII artifacts, documents, and historic photographs from the Whatcom Museumís collection.

Information:

• Wed 3/13/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
• Thu 3/14/19 at 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Old City Hall History Tour

Tour

Take a fun, informative docent-led tour of Old City Hall on Sundays at 12:30 pm. The Museumís trained guides take participants down to the basement of Old City Hall to see the historic jail rooms, including a padded cell from the days of prohibition. They share insights into the early use of the basement as the city jail, as well as tell unique stories. Tours include an overview about the architecture of the venerable building and the history of the early days of Bellingham. Tours last one hour and begin on the first-floor lobby of Old City Hall.

Information:

• Sun 3/17/19 at 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
• Sun 3/24/19 at 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Fourth Sundays: Audubon at the Museum

Talks/Lectures

Join experts from North Cascades Audubon Society in the new John M. Edson Hall of Birds. In addition to displays of more than 500 mounted birds, the new 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. Come and go as needed. All ages welcome.

Information:

• Sun 3/24/19 at 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Old City Hall History Tour

Tour

Take a fun, informative docent-led tour of Old City Hall on Sundays at 12:30 pm. The Museumís trained guides take participants down to the basement of Old City Hall to see the historic jail rooms, including a padded cell from the days of prohibition. They share insights into the early use of the basement as the city jail, as well as tell unique stories. Tours include an overview about the architecture of the venerable building and the history of the early days of Bellingham. Tours last one hour and begin on the first-floor lobby of Old City Hall.

Information:

• Sun 3/31/19 at 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
• Sun 4/7/19 at 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
• Sun 4/14/19 at 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
• Sun 4/21/19 at 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
• Sun 4/28/19 at 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Fourth Sundays: Audubon at the Museum

Talks/Lectures

Join experts from North Cascades Audubon Society in the new John M. Edson Hall of Birds. In addition to displays of more than 500 mounted birds, the new 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. Come and go as needed. All ages welcome.

Information:

• Sun 4/28/19 at 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM