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The Whale Museum

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Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Educational and Interesting

If you are interested in whales this is a worthwhile stop. You can learn about the history of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Everett, Washington
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Some interesting artifacts

This is an old school type museum. If you are the kind of person who likes to read exhibit labels... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Simone M
Aromas, California, United States
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The Whale Museum, located in beautiful Friday Harbor, Washington, opened to the public in 1979 as the first museum in the country devoted to a species living in the wild. Today, our museum continues to promote stewardship of whales and the Salish...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
62 1st St N, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-8337
+1 360-378-4710
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are interested in whales this is a worthwhile stop. You can learn about the history of orcas in the Salish Sea. There are skeletons of whales, dolphins, and seals. There is also some information about native history and native artifacts.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an old school type museum. If you are the kind of person who likes to read exhibit labels there is much to be learned here.

Thank Simone M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped at Lime Kiln Park on our trip around the island and spoke to a woman in the lighthouse who gave us so much information about the resident whale pods. When we arrived at Friday Harbor we immediately went to the whale Museum. Highly...More

Thank Marprinc
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed visiting this museum. There were some really nice exhibits regarding the local area. We actually spent more time that we planned here as it was easy to get lost in the local history and exhibits.

Thank firewalkerranch
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Although not very large, the whale museum has a great amount of information and we found it very interesting. They also maintain the Lime Kiln Lighthouse. Would definitely recommend you spend some time there to better understand the area and the whales.

Thank Judy H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

$15.00 is a little high for what they offer. It was OK, just dated, dusty, and dark. Kids might enjoy it more than adults.

Thank smm1779
Reviewed September 16, 2018

This small museum offers a broad range of exhibits dealing with whales, especially orcas. There are also good videos focusing on other marine life.

Thank Steve K
Reviewed September 16, 2018

Skeltons of whales and other creatures were on display. The museum does not take too long to explore. There was interesting information about the local Southern Resident Orca population. The museum helped us better understand the threats to the whales' health and numbers. Clearly, the...More

1  Thank S2751XOdavidd
Reviewed September 15, 2018

This is a small but incredibly informative museum right off the main road at Friday Harbor. You will gain an appreciation for the immense beauty of the marine animal life and learn how fragile their continued existence is at this time. Then, after visiting the...More

1  Thank Patricia A
Reviewed September 5, 2018

Everybody likes whales. Very interesting getting to know the research that goes into them. My family enjoyed the museum and were glad we took the time to visit it.

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