Museums & Galleries

Bellingham and Whatcom County shine with arts and heritage activities. A combination of nationally touring and locally produced museum exhibits, art galleries, science and history exhibits and outdoor sculpture collections provide an active and diverse year.

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Fairhaven Village in Bellingham has numerous art shops featuring works by local artists and makers. Drop in to chat with the artists; they'll be happy to talk about their work and show you their creations. The historic village is also home to art galleries including Artwood Gallery, which focuses on fine woodworking, and Peter James Photography Gallery, which features nature photography from Washington State. 

There are many art tours happening in Whatcom County throughout the year including Whatcom Artist Studio Tour and Downtown Bellingham's First Fridays Art Walks. Lummi Island, just a short ferry ride from Bellingham, is home to many artists and makers who offer studio tour dates. Check out our event calendar for upcoming art events. 

One of the Top 10 outdoor sculpture collections in the nation resides at Western Washington University in Bellingham. With over 29 pieces located throughout the campus by renown artists such as Bruce Nauman, Tom Otterness, Isamu Noguchi, Alice Aycock, Beverly Pepper and Robert Maki.

Whatcom Museum

Whatcom Museum offers three state-of-the-art venues:

Spark Museum of Electrical Invention

Visitors of all ages will feel a zip of excitement while exploring the museum's world-class collection of artifacts and objects that highlight the history and development of electricity, radio, and early technology. On weekends, catch the MegaZapper Electrical Show, featuring one of the largest Tesla coils in the US.

Mindport Exhibits

At the intersection of art and science you'll find Mindport Exhibits, an interactive museum that encourages curiosity, stillness, movement, conversation, and play. Visitors can engage with and even manipulate the museum's many interactive exhibits, most of which are hand-built by Mindport's staff. 

Allied Arts of Whatcom County

Allied Arts has been supporting art in Bellingham and Whatcom County for decades. Support them by visiting their art gallery in Downtown Bellingham. The gallery on Cornwall Avenue hosts rotating installations and exhibits by local artists. While you're there, learn about the organization's mission and events. 

History Walking Tours

Stretch your legs with a self-guided walking tour of Downtown Bellingham, offered in a desktop, mobile, and printed version. Or make it an event with a guided Bellinghistory walking tour from local tour guides the Good Time Girls. They offer off-beat, educational tours that reveal Bellingham's lesser-known history.

History comes alive throughout Whatcom County at numerous venues including:

Gallery Syre  

On the north side of Bellingham, the Cordata neighborhood surrounds Whatcom Community College. Tucked into an expansive low-rise building is the impressive Gallery Syre featuring works by the artist David Syre. Explore paintings, sculptures, and installations rooted in Syre's fascination with travel, nature, and the subconscious. 

Pickett House 

The Pickett House serves as an excellent example of Bellingham’s earliest architectural style. To further preserve the structure, the Pickett house was designated as a museum in 1941, and in 1956 became home to the Daughters of Pioneers. 

Big Rock Sculpture Garden

Bellingham’s Big Rock Sculpture Garden, a 2.5-acre city park, features more than 35 permanent works by distinguished international and local artists.

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