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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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must see good info about whales and the area lots of info easy walk lots of exhibits and videos well worth a couple hours we thought

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Prescott, Arizona, United States
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Prescott, Arizona, United States
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

must see good info about whales and the area lots of info easy walk lots of exhibits and videos well worth a couple hours we thought

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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

My boyfriend and I came to Friday Harbor for the day to go whale watching. When we got off the ferry we had an hour to spare before the whale watching began. We decided to check out the museum and I am so glad we did! Lots of interesting facts about the resident orchas in the area! The staff was... More 

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Columbia, Missouri, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The museum was very educational. I learned a lot about how they feed. The displays were so well done & fully illustrated the whales !

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Kirkland, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

There are some wonderful things to see in this museum, but many of them are lost behind aging exhibits and poor lighting. Definitely worth a stop, but don't expect much. We came away wishing we had a ton of money to donate to a complete make-over. Difficult accessibility for physically challenged individuals.

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Ottawa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Great little museum in Friday Harbor, Washington. Great exhibits, including a video presentation, a children's area, souvenirs, whale history, whale sounds, whale genetics, something for everyone (all ages). Don't miss it., great value.

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Tacoma, Washington
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We went to see the museum, weren't able to get in, because my husband couldn't get in either entrance, because they are not accessible with a scooter. They provide a lift to get up all the stairs, & furnish a wheelchair after you get up the stairs. We really wanted to visit , but couldn't.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We went to the Whale Museum initially to look for a gift for our grandson. Once we got there we toured the entire place then sat and watched a video on "Springer". What a testament to the dedicated workers of NOAA who saved this whale and reintroduced it back to the waters so it could rejoin its family.

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Milwaukie, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We had some time before our ferry trip and visited the Whale Museum. Since whale watching was one of the main reasons for our trip, we thought it would be a must see. I will admit that we probably didn't allow enough time to fully take in all that it offers. We enjoyed the video "Orca" which provided a lot... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

A really good display for the size of the town and the resources available. Read carefully and you will uncover the commitment of the people to protecting the whales and their habitat. Good Luck!

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Guangzhou, China
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

The Whale Museum is filled with amazing skeletons, interesting info, and fun exhibits. This is a great place for adults and kids alike. It's an inexpensive, fun, and educational experience just a short walk up hill from the ferry. I highly recommend.

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