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Whatcom Museum of History & Art
121 Prospect Street
Statement of Purpose:
To collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret this region's art and
cultural history; to provide cultural experiences resulting in personal
growth, awareness and enrichment to all segments of the regional
population; and to use exhibitions, programs and collections
emphasizing the expressions of Northwest art and history.
Highlights & Collections:
The Museum campus is composed of four buildings: the main Museum
building (Old City Hall), the Syre Education Center, the Whatcom
Children's Museum and the Arco Exhibits Building. Old City Hall is a
late Victorian-style building that was built in 1892.
The Museum features both permanent and changing exhibitions which
attract an audience of all ages and interests. Permanent exhibitions
feature birds of the Northwest, the logging industry, Northwest Coast
and Alaskan First Nations, and Early Settlement and Victorian
The Museum offers several changing history exhibitions
throughout the year which illustrate and interpret Northwest subjects.
Temporary exhibitions also highlight a broad range of American and
contemporary art, with an emphasis on contemporary regional art. The
Museum's exhibitions, such as A Different War and Clearly Art, have
The Whatcom Children's Museum features permanent and changing
hands-on exhibitions, as well as education and enrichment programs.
The Museum's permanent collection consists of history, ethnology,
fine arts and ornithology. The Northwest First Nations Ethnography
Collection includes carvings, masks, tools, garments and basketry. The
History Collection is comprised of over 10,000 examples of garments,
textiles, decorative arts, tools and Victorian furniture. The Fine Arts
Collection emphasizes the work of contemporary Northwest artists and
includes nearly 1,000 examples of painting, sculpture, photography and
The Archives houses a Photography Collection of over 150,000
images of local and regional history, including the Darius Kinsey
Collection. The Kinsey Collection contains approximately 6,000 images
of Northwest landscape and logging and has received international
Also widely recognized is the H.C. Hanson Collection of naval
architecture which documents the region's maritime industry
Noon - 5 p.m., Tuesday - Sunday
Admission & Directions:
free to 3-building main campus; $2 admission to Children's Museum,
Mary Pettus, Director
- John Olbrantz, Deputy Director
- Richard Vanderway, Education and Public Programs
- Jan Olson, Curator of Collections
- Toni Nagel, Photo Archivist and Curator of History
- Mark Rensink, Public Relations Coordinator
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