Whatcom Museum is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a free open house from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11. All three museum buildings — Lightcatcher, Old City Hall, and Syre Education Center — will be open.
The celebration, sponsored by Peoples Bank, will include art activities, live music, food trucks, and more.
Noon- 5 p.m: Coloring contest, with coloring sheets available at Lightcatcher
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Noon-6 p.m: Sidewalk chalk art contest on south side of Flora Street, between Grand Avenue and Prospect Street
Noon-8 p.m.: Self-led scavenger hunts in all three buildings
Lightcatcher, 250 Flora St.
11a.m.-2 p.m.: Courtyard studio activities for kids
Noon-7:30 p.m.: Family Interactive Gallery art activities for all ages
1-3 p.m.: Clearbrook Dixie Band performs in courtyard
1:30-2:15 p.m: Docent tour of Colorfast: Vivid Installations Make Their Mark exhibit
3 p.m: Welcome by Mayor Kelli Linville, followed by free cake and popcorn
5-7 p.m.: Swing Connection Big Band performs in courtyard
5:30-6:30 p.m: Curator tour of Just Women exhibit
6:30-7:15 p.m.: Docent tour of Colorfast: Vivid Installations Make Their Mark
7 p.m.: Chalk art and coloring contest award ceremony in courtyard
Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St.
Noon-7 p.m.: Cubano Cubano and Simmering Tava food trucks in front of Old City Hall
1:30-2 p.m.: Student music performance in Rotunda Room
2-3 p.m.: Bellingham Community Band Ensemble performs in front of Old City Hall
2:30-3 p.m.: Student music performance in Rotunda Room
4:30-5:30 p.m.: Curator tour of Nostalgic Saturation: Mid-Century Bellingham in Historic Color exhibit
7-7:30 p.m.: Student music performance in Rotunda Room
Syre Education Center, 201 Prospect St.
Noon-7 p.m. Photo archives open
3-4 p.m.: Paul Woodcock, of North Cascades Audubon Society, discusses history of museum’s bird collection, and founding director John Edson
6-8 p.m: North Cascades Audubon Society member Sue Parrott available to answer questions