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Whale, Sea Life and Shark Museum

Ellingson Street and Highway 101, Depoe Bay, OR
541-912-6734
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Ranked #5 of 10 attractions in Depoe Bay
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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English first
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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Olympia, Washington
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

The museum is Carrie Newell's own collection. Carrie is a marine biologist that has made some important discoveries about resident whales. We did a 1.5 hour tour ($40 per person) and it was SOOOO AMAZING. We will be back. Make sure that you're on Carrie's boat so that you get to ride with her and her dog Kita who barks... More

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Portland, Oregon
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

Carrie is passionate about her museum, whale tours and the people who she serves. You can't go wrong if you book a whale tour with her. She is highly qualified and has the knowledge and books she has written about Oregon Coast sea life, in particular the Depoe Bay resident whales to illustrate how much she cares. Her story about... More

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Hanoi
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I live in Newport and have a boat and friends with boats. My friend from Florida was visiting and we went on this tour (I like playing tourist once in a while). We had a fantastic time. The boats are great (6 seat Zodiac type) and offer great opportunities for photography and whale watching. Carrie is probably the most knowledgeable... More

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Seattle
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

We loved the museum. We've visited similar sized museums in other cities and this was the best. Loved the videos, especially about the exploding whale 😊, and the docent answered our dozens of questions with knowledge and patience.

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Shawnee, Oklahoma
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26 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Carry has done an incredible job with this museum. The exhibits are interesting and easily accessible to even the littlest of visitors (our 15 month old!). You can see her passion for her work in it all. I like the museum especially because it's small enough that your interest is maintained throughout. We also went whale watching. Our guide was... More

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We had the pleasure of visiting this museum before setting out on a whale watching trip. The exhibits covered all kinds of sea life, and packed a lot of information into a relatively small space. We especially enjoyed there being a few "touch" items, to satisfy the curiosity of kids and adults alike. The museum was working on a new... More

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Olympia, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Our host and owner of the tours and museum, Carry, was so gracious and just gave an awesome, informational tour. We ranged in ages from ages 6-40 and it was fun for everyone.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The museum is informative and provides an excellent starting point for the real adventure, going out with one of the zodiacs to observe Gray Whales feeding in shallow water out along the coast near Depoe Bay. Carrie and her lovely dog are doing a fantastic job in getting her passion for whales and their protection across. The trip out of... More

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Central Utah
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17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Carrie Newell's Whale, Sea Life, and Shark Museum has many displays of marine life, along with placards that explain some of the interesting facts about them. My wife and I signed up for the whale watching tour at 2 p.m. on June 10, 2014, and looked through the museum for a while before we went. They do charge for the... More

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