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“The Lightcatcher art museum, in the modern building, is a rip-off”
Review of Whatcom Museum

Whatcom Museum
Ranked #27 of 86 things to do in Bellingham
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Owner description: Located in downtown Bellingham, WA, the Whatcom Museum features revolving exhibitions of fine art and Northwest history, educational and enteraining programs, Family Interactive Gallery, and an extensive photo archives.
Reviewed 7 October 2013

This review is limited to the Lightcatcher, the modern building that houses the Whatcom Museum's gallery of art.

Though the building looks big enough from the outside, much of the inside is given over to a courtyard, cafe (Kackink!), the obligatory museum shop (Kachink!), and high ceilings. That leaves little space for actual exhibits - essentially two rooms and some hallways. Admission to this scant offering, no photos allowed, is $10!

If you want to reassure yourself that you are not really missing anything, occasionally, on Art Walk nights, admission is free. But you can never be sure on *which* Art Walk night, nor when even one of those nights gets preempted by a "private event."

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Reviewed 30 July 2013

A somewhat smaller city museum with some interesting but not "must see" works that periodically come through, the staff was friendly enough and pleasant, I do not remember the pricing really, is it something you gotta do if you're in Bellingham ? No, not really.But if you have time check it out and then go out to the back and see the view from the top of the hill overlooking the water or go down and eat some bbq pizza at Chuckanut Brewery just down the back stairs and through the park to the right across the street.

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Reviewed 23 February 2013

This is a fair museum at best. The City spent way more than budget and are now trying to recover by overcharging.

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Reviewed 17 February 2013

After reading about the WM's current exhibits, we headed north from Seattle, and it was worth the trip to this local treasure! This museum occupies three buildings in the downtown Bellingham arts district. We enjoyed the amazing archival photographs displayed in the Old City Hall, plus the current exhibit of Pacific Northwest landscape paintings. After a walkabout and lunch break, we headed over to the Lightcatcher Building, an attractive LEED Silver sustainable building designed by revered Northwest architecture firm Olson Kundig. Be sure to visit before March 24 to view the very funky "Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection." These 65 paintings by 26 contemporary Chicano artists will tickle your art and cosmic consciousness. The California Impressionists exhibit from the Irvine Museum, which closed 2/17/13, evoked the light and warmth of California land and seascapes. Always a delight on a gray Northwest afternoon.

Thank Ce M
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

We loved this Museum. Lots of History in and around Bellingham. Went to the Museum before we did the Historic walking tour of Bellingham. We knew a lot more than the brochure provided while we walked. Highly recommend visiting it. The building itself is historic.

Thank ddennon
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