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The Whale Museum

62 First St N, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250
360 378 4710
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Type: Museums
Description: Museum dedicated to the orcas and other whale species that visit the Washington coast in the spring.
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South Egremont, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

A very old fashioned "homemade" feeling museum. Lots of information without glitz. Just charming. Upstairs video is a bit dated, but the new area downstairs has a selection of marine mammal videos. Adopt an orca!

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Stateline, Nevada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We arrived on the island ealry and needed to kill some time before starting some adventures we hasd planned. This place was right when we got off the ferry. For how small the building actually is, they have really maximized the space and you leave feeling like you have really learned a lot about the whales in the area and... More

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Shirley, New York, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Good info and learning experience,could have been bigger and focused less on the selling of souvineirs I think

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Minneapolis, MN
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112 reviews 112 reviews
31 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Stopped here with our 11-year-old daughter and enjoyed the museum. We spent about an hour in total. As other reviewers have noted, it's not glitzy, but if you like whales you will enjoy the museum. It's also inexpensive, I think it was $16 for the three of us to get in. Also worth noting, if you are in need of... More

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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

Smart, interesting, historic, detailed...this place is an eye-opener. I learned more about marine life than I have at most city aquariums. Staff are often interns studying marine biology at "X" college and really know their stuff. Don't leave Friday Harbor without checking out this place.

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Sequim, Washington
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

My husband and I enjoyed learning about the different whales. This museum is very well organized and the docents were very knowledgeable. The time spent here was very worthwhile!

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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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51 reviews 51 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

There is a lot of information here about whales, seals, and other marine life found in the San Juan Islands. There were good movies, hands on displays, and information about the local whale pods. The entrance fee is reasonably priced, and free for active military!

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Boulder, Colorado
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

There's so much information and culture to absorb at this museum. I learned so much, and the gift shop has a variety of items from candy to stuffed animals to clothing.

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Spokane, Washington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I had much higher hopes for this museum after reading all the other reviews on here. I understand on a small island, museums will be smaller and have less "bells and whistles"... however, I am surprised it has received such high marks on here. If you are interested in whales, the skeletons and some of the information is worth seeing.... More

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I was lucky to go by myself while the rest of the family went ziplining. Spent a happy hour and a half pottering, but I know my kids wouldn't have lasted half an hour. Nicely old fashioned, lots of reading to do. Two good films to watch if you have time too.

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