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Whatcom Museum Foundation Board


The duties and powers of the Board are twofold: economic and legislative.

Mission Statement

The Whatcom Museum of History and Art collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets objects related to the Pacific Northwest's ornithology, human history and the visual arts in order to provide cultural experiences which result in personal growth, awareness and enrichment to all segments of our regional population.

Economic Function of the Board: The board as a trust body must establish a financial program which will ensure the receipt of sufficient funds annually to support the work of the Museum. The Board and the director must prepare and authorize the Museum's annual budget as stated in Ordinance #6313.

Legislative Function of the Board: The Board must formulate a code of policies for the management of the Museum in accordance with their best judgment and with the public trust imposed upon it. The Board is responsible for the hiring of a Museum Director who is in charge of the actual daily administration of the Museum.

Typical Decisions

Time Requirements

Meetings are typically held the fourth Thursday of each month at noon. in the board room of Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street.  See Meetings and Events for currently scheduled meetings.


The Board consists of sixteen members. The terms of office are five years and no compensation is paid to members. The Mayor appoints eight members with Council approval. Eight members represent the Whatcom Museum Society, a non-profit support group. Members must be citizens of the United States, a resident of the State for three years and a resident of the City of Bellingham for two years.

M 7/17/2015

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