RESEARCH IS INTRINSIC to any accredited museum. It comes into play in every aspect of content, from exhibition and program development to the acquisition, maintenance, and documentation of the permanent collection. Beyond the role of research in the everyday lives of museum people however, lies the role that the museum plays for other researchers.

As a repository of information about our material culture, the Whatcom Museum is a rich resource for data miners of all stripes, from armchair historians to seasoned academics. We’ve helped filmmakers, linguists and architects; journalists, teachers and students; writers, artists and genealogists, as well as corporations and non-profits the world over.

The Whatcom Museum is working toward making as much of its collection available online as possible, as well maintaining an ever-growing web-based archive of images and information related to exhibitions. We have a long way to go, but you can start here by exploring our Photo Archives, purchasing linguistic publications or, if you’re conducting anthropological research on indigeneous peoples, apply for a Jacobs grant. Soon, you’ll also be able to view the Museum’s collection of artworks by important Northwest artists.

Photo by Darius Kinsey. Whatcom Museum  collection.

Photo by Darius Kinsey. Whatcom Museum collection.