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Discover Free First Fridays at Whatcom Museum: A Night of Art, History, and Community

Discover Free First Fridays at Whatcom Museum: A Night of Art, History, and Community

by | Jun 7, 2024

Immerse yourself in culture, history, and community at the Whatcom Museum’s Free First Fridays program, beginning January 2024. Step into a world where art and history come to life under the glow of evening lights, offering you and your family an enriching experience without the price tag. Free First Fridays opens up a treasure chest of opportunities to explore the museum’s vast collection, from local history and fine art to Indigenous cultures, all made accessible to the community.

With extended hours until 9 p.m., and special free programming, the museum aims to connect more deeply with the local residents, potential home buyers and sellers, and business owners of Bellingham. Each first Friday of the month promises a unique theme, ranging from healing and repair to a celebration of the local Lummi Nation culture. Such diversity ensures that every visit offers a fresh perspective on the extraordinary tales our community holds dear.

Open doors to culture and history at Whatcom Museum's Free First Fridays.
Open doors to culture and history at Whatcom Museum’s Free First Fridays.  Source: whatcommuseum.org

Monthly themes are thoughtfully selected to offer a wide array of experiences. January invites visitors to engage in activities centered around healing, with community art projects led by Olympia-based artist Aisha Harrison and relaxing sound bath sessions in the historic Old City Hall. February celebrates the Lummi Nation, with performances and educational sessions that pay tribute to the rich cultural heritage of the Pacific Northwest’s Indigenous peoples.

Celebrating Lummi Nation culture through art and history during Free First Fridays.
Celebrating Lummi Nation culture through art and history during Free First Fridays.  Source: whatcommuseum.org

The significance of Free First Fridays stretches beyond free access to art and history; it is a beacon of community engagement and inclusion. By removing the barrier of admission fees, the Whatinum Museum fosters an environment where all members of the community, regardless of economic background, can engage with cultural and historical narratives. This fosters education, understanding, and a shared sense of identity among Bellingham’s residents and its visitors.

The emblem of inclusivity: Access for All at Whatcom Museum.
The emblem of inclusivity: Access for All at Whatcom Museum.  Source: whatcommuseum.org

Practical visitor information ensures everyone knows how to take part in this monthly cultural feast. Participation details, including dates, times, and specific activities, are readily available, ensuring you can easily plan your visit to the Whatcom Museum’s venues. With the entire museum staying open late and special programs scattered throughout the evening, there’s no shortage of experiences to dive into.

Join us at Whatcom Museum for a night filled with art, history, and community.
Join us at Whatcom Museum for a night filled with art, history, and community.  Source: whatcommuseum.org

As the Whatcom Museum opens its doors wide on these special Fridays, it welcomes not just individuals but families, groups of friends, and curious visitors to come together in shared discovery. So, mark your calendars, gather your loved ones, and prepare to be part of a vibrant museum community, all at no cost. The museum eagerly awaits to share its treasures with you, offering a warm and welcoming space to learn, reflect, and connect.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be a part of Whatcom Museum’s vibrant community. Check the museum calendar for detailed schedules and join us in celebrating art, history, and community every First Free Friday. It’s an invitation to make new memories, spark creativity, and explore the myriad stories that shape our world. Join us and discover something new, something inspiring, or perhaps even something transformative at the Whatcom Museum.

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