The Gallery is closed due to COVID-19 until further notice.
Western is located in Bellingham, 90 miles north of Seattle and 50 miles south of Vancouver, B.C. When approaching Bellingham on Interstate 5, take Exit #252, turn west onto Samish Way and follow the signs to Bill McDonald Parkway and the University Campus. The Western Gallery is in the Fine Arts Building, centrally located on campus, across from Carver Gym. View campus maps
On weekdays, pay-by-the-hour parking is available in lots C and 12A (15 minutes’ walk from the Gallery) and in lot 6V (by the Viking Union). View campus parking maps. On Saturdays, pay-by-the-hour parking is available close to the Gallery in lot 17G. Take East College Way and look for the sign marking the lot entrance. The Gallery is next to the Ross Engineering Building. Lots C and 12A are free on Saturdays. For more information, call (360) 650-2945.
Whatcom Transportation Authority provides bus service to the Western. Five different buses go directly to campus.
There are a number of coffee shops, cafeterias, delis, and bodegas on campus. Hours and offerings vary. Please check the Campus Dining site for all options. Pay particular attention to hours of operation - the locations may vary widely depending on the academic calendar.
The outdoor sculptures are in the public domain and can be photographed without the permission. However, such photos should not be reproduced or published for commercial purposes without the permission of the Western Gallery and the legitimate copyright owner. Permission to photograph works in Western Gallery exhibitions must be obtained from the Gallery Director.
The Gallery’s exterior door is manually accessible (the main entrance to the Fine Arts building is button activated). A ramp goes to the Gallery’s side door. Accessible restrooms are located on the first floor. Accessible parking is available behind the Fine Arts building, on East College Way.
Groups and Tours
Guided tours to the exhibitions and the outdoor sculpture collection are offered to schools and organized groups. Please call (360) 650-3939 to make an appointment.