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Washington Cascade Mountains and Valleys Sights

Whatcom Museum

  • 250 Flora St. Map It
  • Bellingham
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 10/31/2014

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Bellingham's art and history museum comprises three buildings near one another downtown. At its centerpiece is the Lightcatcher, a LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building with an 180-foot-long translucent wall. Rotating shows are presented here, as are permanent collections of contemporary Northwest artists. The second building, Bellingham's 1892 former city hall, is a redbrick structure that was converted into a museum in 1941—it completed a dramatic renovation in 2010 and contains historic exhibits. The third building, the Syre Education Center, contains a photographic archive. The museum's restaurant, TwoFifty Flora, is in the Lightcatcher and garners raves for its creative farm-to-table lunch fare.

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250 Flora St., Bellingham, Washington, 98225, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $10
  • Lightcatcher Building: Wed.–Fri. and Sun. noon–5 (open to 8 pm Thurs.), Sat. 10–5. Old City Hall: Thurs.–Sun. noon–5. Syre Education Center: call for hrs

Updated 10/31/2014


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