EDUCATOR GUIDES FOR EXHIBITIONS
Whatcom Museum provides classroom tours for all ages of students. Tours include current art exhibitions with a hands-on art fundamentals workshop, a pioneer history and life tour and workshop, a regional Native American life and culture tour/hands-on workshop, a Bellingham history tour, a Green Building tour of our LEED-certified Lightcatcher building, and a “Birds of Washington” display tour. For more information and to schedule a tour, click here.
NORTHWEST NATIVE AMERICAN RESOURCES
Visit our resource page to explore more about Northwest Native American Culture.
A Short History of Bellingham
This PowerPoint presentation, written by former Whatcom Museum Educator and Historian, Richard Vanderway, includes vintage photographs and describes the development of the community with sections on the early industries of Bellingham. It is available for check-out upon request by contacting the Education & Public Programs Coordinator via email or phone 360.778.8961.
Pioneer Life and Craft
This hands-on workshop, presented at your school or at the Whatcom Museum, is led by local historian and educator Janet Oakley and includes a PowerPoint and talk about pioneer life followed by activities such as butter making, homestead life, herbs, and spinning and carding wool. Cost: $100. Scholarships may be available through Allied Arts Education Project. Contact The Education Project at 360.676.8548 ext. 3.
City of Bellingham Self-guided Historic Tours
Experience the evolution of downtown Bellingham through historic photographs available as a “Desktop Tour” for your computer. You will see how downtown has changed since the first settlers arrived in 1852. Photos are from the Whatcom Museum’s Photo Archives. To take the Desktop Tour visit the City’s web site. An audio/mobile tour feature and book are also available!
Allied Arts Education Project
This program provides art, theater, dance, and hands-on history lessons by trained artist/educators to enhance the Museum experience. To schedule a teaching artist or hands-on history program call Allied Arts 360.676.8548, ext. 3. Grant funding may be available.
SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention (formerly American Museum of Radio and Electricity)
When coming with two or more classes, you can schedule tours to rotate between SPARK and the Whatcom Museum. For more information about SPARK tours and schedules, contact Anne Bargetz at 360.738.3886.