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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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Chicago, Illinois
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

If you love the orcas of the San Juan islands, this is a must-see stop. I have taken my children here before and found it to be informative and fun. We are part of the Adopt a Whale program and love the updates we receive.

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Giverny
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

If you want to learn more about whales this is the place to go! A small museum but very well done. Informative staff.

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Aurora, Colorado
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I have been a member of the whale museum for most of my life and I absolutely support their mission. They had a great informative little tour around the building and some great orca videos playing.

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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33 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Spent a few hours in the museum. It is small but nicely focused on the killer whales that inhabit the seas around San Juan Island. Great exhibits continue the local flavor, and you end up getting a real understanding of what we know about these mysterious animals. The day after viewing the museum, we went on a whale watching tour... More

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USA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Small building but filled with loads of information about the resident orca population in the San Juan Islands and about whales in general. Great skeletons, interesting things for kids to touch, and a cute little window that looks out onto the harbor in case there are whales to see in the water.

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Saint Charles, Missouri
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I am not a museum fan. I was very pleasantly surprised at The Whale Museum. It was interesting, educational, and very nicely laid out. As a bonus, their gift shop had nice reasonably priced gifts; a rare treat indeed.

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Portsmouth, Rhode Island
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Great exhibits and we learned a great deal about the local orca populations... there is a great deal to learn and the Whale Museum does a great job educating visitiors!

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Brenham, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The Whale Museum is very informative as well as quaint. Children and adults will be happy there. And it has a lovely gift shop and friendly staff.

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Palo Alto, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This museum is pretty small, but if you're interested in the local marine life - especially the orcas, The Whale Museum is worth a visit. I'm not sure little kids (under 8) would get much out of it - not very interactive in most portions. For older kids and adults, it offers a fine educational diversion. The gift shop is... More

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Edmonds, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Lovely little museum, they did the most with limited space, walking distance from the ferry. Might not be as exciting for the kids, but it is important information.

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