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Whatcom Museum’s Syre Center open Jan. 8 through Feb. 5

Whatcom Museum’s Syre Education Center, with its historical displays and popular collection of more than 500 taxidermied birds, will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays from Jan. 8 to Feb. 5.

Syre Education Center, at 201 Prospect St., is one of three buildings that comprise the Whatcom Museum. It’s next to the iconic Old City Hall galleries at 121 Prospect St. and just a block away from the museum’s Lightcatcher galleries and Family Interactive Gallery at 250 Flora St. Admission of $5 provides entry to all three Whatcom Museum buildings.

Syre Center closed in 2005 because of budget cuts and is normally open only for special events or educational programs.

Displays include exhibits on the early logging industry and a collection of American Indian artifacts — including those representing Inuit tribes of Alaska and local Coast Salish nations. Also featured is a display of native woven baskets. There are native masks that visitors can hold to their faces. There’s also a full-size diorama of a rural pioneer cabin from the 1900s, next to an urban Victorian bedroom and parlor from the same era — a juxtaposition that contrasts the period lifestyles.

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