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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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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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Encouraging my whale obsession

Arrived to Friday Harbor too early to check into our B&B and since I was dying to come here, we figured we'd pass the time here before check in. We were greeted nicely and told... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Lake Stevens, Washington
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Lake Stevens, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Arrived to Friday Harbor too early to check into our B&B and since I was dying to come here, we figured we'd pass the time here before check in. We were greeted nicely and told all directions. It's a self guided tour and immediately when you step in, it's just beautiful. There is mural art on the stairway leading up... More 

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Thank Andrea R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So much to look at and read here! Young kids might be bored but there is a coloring area. I learned a lot. I especially enjoyed the in depth personal stories about individual orcas. Very well put together museum!

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Thank jcuttley
Montreal
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

I recommend this museum. It has a lot of information about whales: orcas, gray whales, humpback whales and porpoises. I enjoy reading about the stories of Orcas.

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Thank Jpuve
Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

Worth a visit. Details about the Orcas was then combined with separate whale tour. Lots of facts and exhibits.

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Thank Texian1949
friday harbor, WA
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Incredible display of all things whale. Pictures, movies and real skeletons. Complete histor of the local pods (Orca families).

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Thank ufo14
Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

Absolutely loved this museum!! Have been wanting to go and finally got the chance. The staff is amazing! The museum is very interesting and love all the Information on the Southern Residents!!!! They are just amazing!!! A must see for everyone!!!

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Thank Sarah C
Phoenix, AZ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Worth the time and money to learn about Orcas. Watch the video that follows a videoographer follow the Orcas and record their habbits

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Thank Jim V
Magalia, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Lots of things to learn about Orcas, and other sea life, in this well-organized small museum. They have genealogy records for the area's pods!

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Thank chamapa
Salida, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

The Orca whale in these parts has a quite colorful and checkered past. Killer whale or gentle giant? The museums mission statement is simple-Save The Whales. By following the exhibits in the museum you will gain great insight into the Orca's biology, their environment and what role humans have played in their past and continuing into the present. Plan on... More 

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Thank Tom B
Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Love!! The museum is small but packed with great information. They had a lot of skeletons of various whale and dolphins and interactive booths. Must do when visiting Friday Harbor!

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