Have a Seat, Tomas Calderon. Photo provided courtesy of the City of Bellingham.
In historic downtown, specialty shops line the shopping strip along Railroad Avenue. Downtown Bellingham is home to clothing & jewelry stores, art galleries, record shops, cafes and more.
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Entertainment: We have something for everyone
Museums and Galleries
A Smithsonian affiliate, the Whatcom Museum boasts two locations in Bellingham’s downtown cultural arts district. The state-of-the-art Lightcatcher Building features a compelling schedule of contemporary art exhibitions, as well as a Family Interactive Gallery, museum store, and popular café. Nearby, the landmark 1892 Old City Hall Building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1971, and the Syre Education Center hold vast collections of historical significance, spanning more than century.
Spark Museum of Electrical Invention displays the inventions and innovations that changed the course of human history, spanning four centuries from Issac Newton and Benjamin Franklin to Thomas Edison and Nicola Tesla. Many are drawn to see the 4-million volt force of the MegaZapper – one of the largest existing Tesla coils in the nation.
Drawn by the beauty of the region, artists of nearly every medium find creative inspiration in Bellingham. Many local galleries are open year-round with exhibitions and works for sale. Evening gallery walks take place on First Fridays in downtown Bellingham and on the Summer Solstice and Thanksgiving Weekend in the Fairhaven Historic District. Artists throughout the county open their studios to the public the first two weekends in October for the Whatcom Artist Studio Tour.
Theater and Music