Whatcom Museum

Indoor and outdoor spaces, BYO, Valet parking

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Starting at $1,900 for 50 Guests

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Starting at $1k for 50 Guests
Starting at $1k for 50 Guests

Venue capacity

up to 150

Starting price

$1K to start

Peak Season



Ceremony / Reception
Indoor / Outdoor

Whatcom Museum Overview

The Whatcom Museum offers unique and memorable setting for weddings and receptions that will both reflect your personal style and love for each other on your special day. Old City Hall, a Bellingham landmark since 1892, rises above the city with Victorian cupolas and clock tower. It’s red brick exterior is a perfect backdrop for your wedding day celebrations. The grand staircase and historical ambiance add warmth and character to all occasions. The Rotunda Room offers exceptional acoustics and an excellent piano. The Lightcatcher offers a contemporary setting with dramatic architectural interest. Named for its focal point and most innovative feature — a spectacular, translucent wall 37 feet high and 180 feet long — this modern facility captures and plays with the Northwest’s most precious natural resource: sunlight. Indoors or out, this location is one of a kind. The Lightcatcher courtyard is a perfect space to say I do in the warm sunshine. As the sun begins to set, the lights transform this space to a truly magical sight.

Venue Notes

The rental fee ranges from $1,000 to $2,550 for ceremony and reception space and includes 8 hours of event time, including set up and clean up time. A refundable damage/security deposit is required.

Amenities And Requirements


Coat check room
Large parking lot
Museum galleries (add on)
No kitchen


- Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors- BYO alcohol- Choose from a list for catering- Music must end by midnight- No open flames- No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.- No smoking- Venue must approve all decorations