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Whale, Sea Life and Shark Museum

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Address: Ellingson Street and Highway 101, Depoe Bay, OR
Phone Number: 541-912-6734
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Great place for kids

We went when the volunteers were there and they were so helpful in answering all of our questions. They have several hands on exhibits for kids, which several children were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
Chris H
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Ankeny, Iowa
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Ankeny, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

We went when the volunteers were there and they were so helpful in answering all of our questions. They have several hands on exhibits for kids, which several children were enjoying. We didn't see the whales that day, but they knew where some had been spotted and explained in good detail how to find that area.

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Jacksonville, Oregon
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

The lady who owns and set up this museum is Carrie Newell. We hear her 1.5 hour whale watching tours are exceptional. The donation price of entry to the museum can be applied to the cost of the tour. No tours were offered the day we were there due to high waves but we hope to return for the tour.

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Southwest WA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Full of great little tidbits of information, this was a fun diversion from a day of boutique shopping. Plus, you have a great opportunity to duck out of the wind, and view some whales, right from the beautiful window view!

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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Great place to learn about the area and history. Very informative regarding whales and the marine life in the area. Must stop! It is also located near the "world's smallest harbor". ;-)

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Tierra Verde, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Carrie happened to be off our boating day, however our experience was still very awesome and highly recommended. First class operation. Ask for Carrie's boat if you sign up.

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Homestead, Florida
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74 reviews 74 reviews
28 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

There is about a half mile of parking on Hwy 101 in front of this place. Depoe Bay boasts and really can about it's resident whales and the fact that they are very near shore. In the morning we visited we saw at least 10 whales, perhaps more, they were all over the bay spouting and coming to the surface.

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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45 reviews 45 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Whales LOVE her - this is the boat trip you want to go on to see them. Thanks Carrie for making my wedding party so delightful - everyone was so in love with their whale trip!!! :)

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Anaheim Hills, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is the place to go when in Depoe Bay. Learn about the whales that are seen off shore year around. It's informative, fun, and FREE!

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Bonney Lake, Washington
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184 reviews 184 reviews
57 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

No only were all our 'shark' questions answered but we really enjoyed seeing the various parts that make sharks so scary. Very hands on and great for adults or kids.

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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We only did the museum. We didn't know of the tour until we got there. When we go up this way again we will be sure to do the boat tour. People came back raving. The museum was quite informative. We all learned something. Worth the visit but go for the boat tour too.

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