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Address: Ellingson Street and Highway 101, Depoe Bay, OR
Phone Number: 541-912-6734
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see my review of Whale Research EcoExcursions! Excellent cannot say enough just stop in! The museum is a collection on displays, shells, bones, birds, murals, photographs, video... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
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Sheridan, Oregon
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Pasco
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153 reviews 153 reviews
60 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

We've visited here a few times and always enjoy it. It's a rather small place but they have a lot of information and examples of things and usually have some volunteers there who are happy to share information and looks for whales and other sea-life.

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Story, Wyoming
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The museum has a nice collection of sea life and while waiting for a whale tour, we had to watch a pre-voyage video here. Carrie is the resident whale expert and while she obviously knows her stuff, she's a little squeally and excitable for a scientist. I'm all for enthusiasm, but she could tone it down a little to appear... More 

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Sheridan, Oregon
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

see my review of Whale Research EcoExcursions! Excellent cannot say enough just stop in! The museum is a collection on displays, shells, bones, birds, murals, photographs, video all used as teaching tools by Carrie Newell and her helpers. Ask her to explain the tides or a behavior of a bird or marine mammal and get ready to learn! Then schedule... More 

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Ankeny, Iowa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

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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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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55 reviews 55 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 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
35 helpful votes 35 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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