Mindport welcomes visitors of all ages and abilities. We’re a great place for a solitary afternoon, an excursion with friends, or a family outing. There’s plenty to see and do, and our staff is on hand to answer any questions.
Children under 5 will find much to enjoy in the space, but will most likely need more significant adult guidance than older children, especially because small parts and fragile pieces are found throughout Mindport.
To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all our visitors, please stay with and actively attend to any children you are bringing.
We offer two weekly private appointment times (Fridays and Sundays from 11-12) for people at high risk of serious illness from Covid-19 or other airborne diseases.
Sliding Scale, 0-$10 per person. We understand that financial circumstances vary greatly, especially now. Please pay what is comfortable for you.
Mindport is privately funded by individuals and by proceeds from admissions. We do not receive money from any public source, such as the city of Bellingham, State or Federal Government. Monies from any source support only Mindport’s maintenance and modest staff salaries. We welcome and appreciate donations of any amount, though donations are not tax-deductable.
Car: From the I-5 Lakeway Exit, go west on Lakeway Drive (in the opposite direction of the foothills). Continue on Holly Street, heading down hill toward downtown. Mindport is on the right between Commercial and Bay Streets. Total distance from the Lakeway Exit to Mindport is approximately 1 mile. Street parking is $1/hour 11am to 6pm Monday through Saturday. Public parking garages and lots are free on the weekends and between 5pm and 8am on weekdays.
Bus: The downtown bus terminal is approximately four blocks from Mindport. From the station, travel south on Railroad Ave and turn right on W. Holly St. For closer access, Routes 3, 50, and 232 stop two blocks from Mindport. Chose the Champion @ Grand Ave stop or the Champion @ Prospect St stop.
Bike: There are marked bike lanes on both Magnolia St. and W. Chestnut St. and plenty of places to lock up a bike in high traffic areas. Click here for help planning your route.
If you’re interested in bringing a group to Mindport, please call to arrange a date and time with our staff after reading our Guidelines for Group Visits.
With the exception of our mezzanine classroom space, Mindport is wheelchair accessible, including nearly all exhibits. There’s a ramp connecting the gallery and interactive exhibit areas, and the restroom meets ADA requirements. Personal care assistants accompanying people with disabilities are free of charge. There are benches placed throughout Mindport, with additional chairs near the restroom and in our library space. A diaper changing area, water fountain, and extra sink are also available. Breastfeeding is welcome.
Many of our exhibits make quiet to moderate volume sounds, and a few feature light patterns that change. There are loose rocks and marbles used in many displays. One exhibit uses a magnet strong enough to disrupt pacemakers. The exhibit is labeled with a red warning sign, and a docent can identify it upon request.
Depending on the day and time, Mindport’s environment can range from extremely quiet and sparsely populated to moderately loud and crowded. Stepping outside briefly and then returning is possible with a check-in with the docent on duty. During the school year, early to mid-afternoon on Wednesdays and Fridays, and Saturday mornings, are often our least busy times.
Mindport offers a unique “after hours” venue for meetings, fundraisers, private parties, award celebrations, or other special occasions.
The two-level, 2850 square foot gallery space holds approximately 40 exhibits and often features the work of local artists. Tables, chairs, a kitchen counter and sink are also available for use.
Please contact our staff (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information and current rates.