Bellingham and Whatcom County, WA, shine with arts and heritage activities. A combination of nationally touring and locally produced museum exhibits, gallery tours, theater productions, symphony performances, comedy shows, science and history exhibits provide an active and diverse calendar of events throughout the year.
Bellinghamâ€™s downtown Cultural Arts District includes:
Additional Museum and Gallery Information:
- Fairhaven District – Bellingham
- On the south side of Bellingham Bay, the historic Fairhaven District is also home to numerous art galleries featuring pottery, woodworking, glass, and painting, as well as a unique Pharmacy Museum.
- Western Washington University’s Outdoor SculptureÂ Collection – Bellingham
- One of the Top 10 outdoor sculpture collections in the nation resides at Western Washington University in Bellingham, with 29 pieces located throughout the campus by renown artists such as Bruce Nauman, Tom Otterness, Isamu Noguchi, Alice Aycock, Beverly Pepper, Robert Maki and many others. Bellinghamâ€™s Big Rock Sculpture Garden, a 2.5-acre city park, also features more than 35 permanent works by distinguished international and local artists.
The log sculpture located at Western Washington University’s campus.
- Artist Studio Tours – October, various locations around Whatcom County
- Dozens of visual artists county-wide participate in the Whatcom Artists Studio Tour each October, opening their homes and galleries to visitors.
- The Pickett House – Bellingham
The Pickett House
- Jerns Military History Museum
- Bellingham International Maritime Museum
- History comes alive throughout the county at numerous venues including:
- Peace Arch State Park in Blaine
- The Lynden Pioneer Museum
- Hovander Park and Pioneer Park in Ferndale
- Semiahmoo Park Maritime Museum.
When you’re ready to stretch your legs, a self-guided Historic Walking Tour of Downtown Bellingham is available in desktop, mobile and printed version.
Museums & Galleries Links & Resources
Allied Arts of Whatcom County
1418 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham
Dedicated to the arts in our region by empowering local artists through organized festivals and events, enriching our local school children through educational outreach programs, and working as a liaison to art enthusiasts of all ages
1000 Harris, Bellingham
Artwood is a cooperatively owned showplace and retail source for the finest in contemporary woodworking, providing custom design services, cabinetry, fine furniture, and many decorative accessories. Artwood also carries a variety of consigned work by other local artists. Come in and experience the beauty of wood.
210 W Holly Street, Bellingham
Mindport offers an inspiring blend of fine art and hand-built interactive exhibits to spark your awareness and stimulate your thinking.
Outdoor Sculpture Collection
516 High Street, Bellingham
Extending from the Western Gallery's plaza and integrated with other campus buildings, quadrangles, lawns, and playing fields is Western's Outdoor Sculpture Collection. The Western Gallery is in the Fine Arts Complex, centrally located on campus and across from Carver Gym.
Spark Museum of Electrical Invention
1312 Bay Street, Bellingham
The Spark Museum of Electrical Invention offers an exciting and educational experience for audiences of all ages. Compelling, interactive exhibits spanning four centuries of scientific achievement and cultural heritage are featured in a world-class collection of unique objects. The Spark Museum displays the inventions and innovations that changed the course of human history.
Old Main 490, Bellingham
The Western Gallery provides diverse experiences in the visual arts for its constituencies, encompassing the University community and region while providing a point of reference to the national and international art scene.
Western Washington University
516 High Street, Bellingham
For 13 years in a row, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Western Washington University as the best regional public university in the Pacific Northwest, and #2 in the western United States.
Whatcom Art Market
1103 11th St, Bellingham
We are composed of over 40 local artists & craftspeople, from watercolor & oil painters to wood & metal workers. Our photographers travel to bring you stunning images! We have artists creating jewelry & glass, handcrafted knits & textiles. Visit us Wednesday-Sunday 10:00-6:00.
Whatcom Artists Studio Tour
PO Box 5921, Bellingham
Whatcom County artists open their studios to the public during the 20th annual Whatcom Studio Artist Tour the first two weekends of October. Artwork is for sale and artists are available (some demonstrating) to meet with visitors. Tour includes clay, glass, handmade books, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture and woodworking. This self-guided tour is free.
121 Prospect Street, Bellingham
The Whatcom Museum, located in the heart of downtown Bellingham's cultural district, offers a rich variety of programs and exhibitions about art, nature and Northwest history. The campus features two buildings with public hours; Old City Hall and the Lightcatcher.
Whatcom Museum - Lightcatcher
250 Flora Street, Bellingham
THE LIGHTCATCHER is designed by Olson Kundig Architectsâ€™ founding partner, Jim Olson. The building is named for its focal point and most innovative feature â€” a spectacular, translucent wall 37 feet high and 180 feet long, that captures the Northwestâ€™s most precious natural resource: sunlight. The 42,000-square-foot-building integrates natural materials native to the region and is the first museum in Washington designed and registered to LEED Silver-Level specifications.
Bellingham International Maritime Museum
800 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham
Big Rock Garden Park
2900 Sylvan Street, Bellingham
Semiahmoo Park Maritime Museum
9261 Semiahmoo Parkway, Blaine
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