Because the Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher galleries are in transition between two major exhibits, the Syre Center will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through October.
The Syre Center features local natural history exhibits, including Coast Salish masks and basketry - plus a noted collection of some 500 taxidermied birds. It's normally closed to the public except for school groups and special events.
Admission of $5 per person allows visitors into all three Whatcom Museum venues, including the Syre Center, Old City Hall and Lightcatcher galleries.
It's a move that's proving popular, especially among bird lovers, and the museum offers several programs for birders this month.
On Saturdays and Sundays from 1-3 p.m., members from North Cascades Audubon Society will be on hand to answer questions about the taxidermied birds.
Among the museum's special events is an AHA! program from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St., featuring "The Art of Sketching Birds," with local artists Katherine Taylor and Jim Henterly. It's free with museum admission.
For more information, go online to whatcommuseum.org.
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