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HOURS: MON-TUES-THURS-FRI 10:00AM - 4:00PM   |   WED 10:00AM - 8:00PM   |   SATURDAY 12:00PM - 4:00PM



Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wed. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat., 12  to 4 p.m. The Western Gallery is open during the university's sessions. The gallery observes the university's calendar and holidays.

The Outdoor Sculpture Collection is spread throughout the campus and is open at all times to the public.


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 the campus and across from Carver Gym.


Visitors can park at lot C and lot 6V without a permit. Lot C is free on weekends and weekday evenings. It is 15-20 minutes’ walk from Western Gallery. Lot 17G is also available on weekends and after 4:30pm weekdays. Pay station rates are $2 on weekdays from 7am to 4:30pm, and $1 on weekends and after 4:30pm weekdays. For more information, call (360) 650-2945 or stop at the Campus Services Building near the corner of Bill McDonald Parkway and 21st Street. Daily and weekly permits for other lots can be purchased through the online Parking Portal.

WTA Buses

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.