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The Whale Museum

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Address: 62 First St N, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250
Phone Number: 360 378 4710
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Description: Museum dedicated to the orcas and other whale species that visit the...
Museum dedicated to the orcas and other whale species that visit the Washington coast in the spring.
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So informative

We visited the Whale Museum the morning of our whale watching trip. The museum gave us so much information so that we could honestly take full advantage of our trip on the boat... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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New Orleans
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We visited the Whale Museum the morning of our whale watching trip. The museum gave us so much information so that we could honestly take full advantage of our trip on the boat. The key thing that stuck in my mind was legally how close you could or could not get to the orcas. I felt very reassured having that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

we very much enjoyed our visit to the Whale Museum. It is a relatively small museum, but presents quite a bit of information on whales in an interesting way.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed this place but it's not a lot of fun for young kids. A very small museum. I loved all of the information on the Southern Resident Community. It's a nice location in downtown and it's very cheap. Worth a visit if you are in the area.

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San Diego, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

This is the close up and history of the Whales in the wild, videos of the killer whales coming in to the marina and some great pictures and sounds of whales. you will love it. good little gift shop also.

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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

I would definitely make this your first stop on the island. It is well organized and put together and gives you the stories and histories of the individual whales in each family group. They also have a gift shop that carries ornaments during the summer months. Make sure that you show a military I.d. if you have one. Sometimes you... More 

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Irwin, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Want to learn of the Orcas and other marine wildlife in the area. This is the place to go. Very informational and well put together place. Beautiful whale murals on walls. Great gift shop as well. Also you can stop in and adopt an Orca. Makes a great gift.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This is an amazing museum dedicated to the survival of the sea population. They have a wonderful hands-on educational experience for kids and adults alike. If you are in Friday harbor do not miss this museum!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Kids enjoyed the videos, excellent docents explained whale stuff in detail. Fun gift shop, expect to spend 1 or 2 hours here.

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

A great local museum with hands-on exhibits and activities for kids conveniently located close to the harbour. This museum highlights the importance of the orca in local aboriginal culture, the efforts made to reintroduce captured orcas back into the wild, and the negative impact human activity can have on whale habitats.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Very informative and well thought out displays. Good place to pop in and visit on a cloudy day. Be sure to check out the great items in the museum's shop.

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