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Out With The Kids: Museums offer free admission Saturday

Paul Bannick’s photographs of owls at Whatcom Museum include scenes from an irruption of snowy owls in the winter of 2013-2014.
Paul Bannick’s photographs of owls at Whatcom Museum include scenes from an irruption of snowy owls in the winter of 2013-2014. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Several museums in Whatcom County and throughout Western Washington are participating in the annual Museum Day Live! event offering free admission on Saturday, Sept. 26.

It’s part of Smithsonian magazine’s annual promotion to boost interest in America’s cultural treasures, from art to history.

Local participating museums include Whatcom Museum, Bellingham Railway Museum, and Skagit County Historical Museum.

All three Whatcom Museum buildings will be open for ticketholders. In the Lightcatcher, visitors can try the Full STEAM Ahead experiments or study “Helmi’s World: Symbol, Myth, Fantasy.” “The Owl And The Woodpecker: Photographs By Paul Bannick” is featured in the Old City Hall galleries, and the Syre Educational Center will be open with an event honoring First Nations peoples.

Bellingham Railway Museum is participating again this year. Its displays describe the importance of the railroad in the pioneer era and how railroads helped fuel the logging industry. Several train layouts operate continuously, and there are historical photographs and artifacts.

In La Conner, Skagit County Historical Museum features historical exhibits and artifacts that chronicle the pioneer years and feature life-size dioramas. It has an extensive collection of agricultural implements and Native American artifacts from Skagit Valley. Current exhibits are “Back To Our Roots: The History of Farm to Table Skagit County” and “What is it? Mysteries of the Museum.”

Notable participating museums in the Puget Sound region include the Museum of Flight, Museum of History & Industry, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, Northwest African American Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Burke Museum, the Experience Music Project, and the Center for Wooden Boats.

For free tickets and a full list of participating museums, go to smithsonianmag.com/museumday. Visitors are limited to two tickets per email address or household.

Reach Robert Mittendorf at 360-756-2805 or robert.mittendorf@bellinghamherald.com. Tweeting @bhamMitty.

MUSEUM DAY

Check individual museums for hours and other visitor information.

▪  whatcommuseum.org

▪  bellinghamrailwaymuseum.org

▪  skagitcounty.net/Departments/HistoricalSociety/main.htm

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