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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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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Museums
Description: Museum dedicated to the orcas and other whale species that visit the Washington coast in the spring.
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Friday Harbor, Washington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

If you visit Friday Harbor you really should check out this little gem. It's walking distance from the ferry landing. It's just the right size for a quick visit. The gift shop is great too!

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San Jose
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111 reviews 111 reviews
25 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

I must confess - we only visited the shop rather than the museum itself. I am writing this review because the shop was great. I am not much of a shopper and we ended up with several items. They have some tasteful gifts and souvenirs. It is worth the little hike up the hill.

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Poulsbo, Washington
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Definitely make sure to stop by the whale museum if you're in Friday Harbor. Whales are an important part of the local community and here's where you can learn all about the pods that inhabit local waters. Learn about what you can do to help protect them and see tons of great information and exhibits on them. Plus they've got... More

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Renton, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014 via mobile

Was very informative and interaction activities was great for children. Great gift shop as well. Great place to adopt a whale! Would recommend to anyone who visits the island.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

The museum provides a good overview of the migration of whales in the area. Interactive exhibits enhance the experience

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Sonora, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Colorful displays, well laid out, informative museum folks. Somewhat lacking in facts on the exhibits and current information on the state of the whale population. If you have 30 minutes and your kids (age 10 and under) are getting bored, I think they will enjoy it.

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NJ
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24 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

It is a small museum, but very well done and educational on various whales/ cetaceans, Native American relationships with them, as whale as the current environmental and population situation. Recommend for all ages, there are various methods of interpretation which engage all!

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Friday Harbor, Washington
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

this museum has spent decades morphing into the fine exhibit it is now. If you find whales interesting...you will be able to spend the whole day here!

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Seattle, Washington
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113 reviews 113 reviews
8 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

While this is not a museum you might see in a more urban setting it is very nicely done. Lots of exhibits that are, for the most part, well maintained. Would be great to take the kids to.

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Lincolnwood, Illinois
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121 reviews 121 reviews
34 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

The best draw here is a whale skeleton mounted. The rest was somewhat interesting if you're into whales.

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