A GUIDED TOUR is one of the best ways to get the most out of your museum experience. We offer a variety of tours for adults, teens, school children and pre-schoolers. These include weekly public, docent-led tours of current exhibitions in the Lightcatcher galleries, both docent-led and self-guided tours of the Syre Education Center permanent exhibits and tours based in the Family Interactive Gallery (FIG).
The Whatcom Museum is a major resource for teachers and students, providing school presentations to thousands of students annually. We offer interactive tours of both temporary and permanent exhibitions led by staff or trained docents, as well as self-guided tours. While many of our programs target a specific age range or curriculum unit, most programs can be customized for any grade level, from preschool through high school and college. We encourage teachers to preview exhibitions and provide us with input about their education needs. Whatcom Museum education programs are aligned with local school district curriculum and the Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements. School tours are $4 per student or $2.50 per student for Title 1 schools. When combining a tour with a hands-on workshop or studio experience, the rate is $5 per student or $3.50 per student for Title 1 schools. Teachers and chaperones are free. If your class needs help covering costs, let us know.
Looking for insights into contemporary art? Need a review of art appreciation 101? Want to know more about the Lightcatcher’s sustainable design features? Take a docent-led tour! Docents are gifted tour guides eager to share their knowledge in informal, interactive 55-minute tours. This is a terrific way to entertain visitors, corporate groups, or organizations looking for a stimulating program.
Public docent-led tours (free with admission)
We are currently touring Colorfast: Vivid Installations Make their Mark on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 1:30 PM. Tours begin in the Lightcatcher lobby and are free with admission/Members free.
Private tours for four or more people ($6 per person plus admission)
To schedule a private tour, call 360.778.8938.
Booking a tour
All public tours begin in the Lightcatcher lobby. Email or call our Docent Educator at 360.778.8938 for more information.
To schedule a staff/docent led tour or a self-guided tour of the Syre Education Center permanent exhibits or the Lightcatcher featured exhibitions please email or call our education department at 360.778.8961. Please allow at least 2 weeks advance notice.
To schedule an Early Childhood tour of the Family Interactive Gallery (FIG) email Emily Dieleman or call 360.778.8960. Please allow at least 2 weeks advance notice.
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 www.cob.org/historytours.
HISTORY SUNSET CRUISES
Join us aboard San Juan Cruises’ Victoria Star for the Whatcom Museum History Sunset Cruises during the months of July and August. Visit the History Sunset Cruise page for more info.