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The Whale Museum

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

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Seattle
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73 reviews 73 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

We have been here more than three times over the years and always discover something new. Love the updates on the individual killer whale pods, the audio recordings of different sea life, feeling humbled when you stand beneath the whale skeleton. They have a children's room, a few historical movies always playing, a gift shop of course. They also have... More 

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Friday Harbor, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I loved this museum, it was very informative and had a great shop, I learned a lot about whales and the other marine life in the area.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

It's just a few bucks to get in, and a nice informative stop while in Friday Harbor, especially in conjunction with a whale boat tour.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This was a great stop; it's definitely worth the 3 or 4 dollars you pay for admission. You can see a complete orca whale skeleton, a dolphin and seal fetus, and a bunch of other cool things. Good way to spend an hour or two...

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Imagine an old large home, painted like the underwater of Puget Sound with Orca sounds looping through your tour. Lots of whale bones and other exhibits. Odd, interesting, and at $6, it won't dent your wallet. The gift shop is fun.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Friendly curators and interesting exhibits! We enjoyed learning about the pods and individual whale that frequent the local waters.

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Roche Harbor, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Very interesting museum dedicated to the whales... but what else on this island would you really dedicate a museum for??? The Pig War... I found this place to be old smelling but I read many interesting things and enjoyed listening to the lady talk to the school that came in... Make sure you don't go on a school day... Slightly... More 

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Beaverton, Oregon, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

The museum was recommended to us and my husband and I enjoyed looking around. There were some interesting exhibits, lots of information and a short informative video. I think I would have been more impressed if I didn't have other better museums to compare it to. Worth a visit if you have time between ferry sailings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Excellent whale education at this museum. very comfortable too. Affordable and a must see for the San Juan Island experience.

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Nampa, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Lots of interesting facts. Cute little house it is settled in. Love all the artifacts. It was nice to see info on current species around the area. We learned about all kinds of different animals.

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