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The Whale Museum

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62 1st St N, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-8337
+1 360-378-4710
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Small and Enjoyable

The Whale Museum is small but very enjoyable. They have movies and exhibits that help teach about... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
JSLTraveler
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Bloomington, Minnesota
Very informative and good videos telling our impact on the oceans and the sealife.

We spent about 1 hour at this site and we were impressed with the amount of information available... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
PAT H
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SMITHVILLE
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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 Sea ecosystem through education and research.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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62 1st St N, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-8337
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+1 360-378-4710
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The Whale Museum is small but very enjoyable. They have movies and exhibits that help teach about the life of whales and how the environment affects them. One gentle suggestion would be to have the "spinning wheel of information" display moved to a different area...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent about 1 hour at this site and we were impressed with the amount of information available. The videos really helped bring the plight of the Orcas and our oceans into perspective. It is convenient and a good rainy day excursion

Thank PAT H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've lived in the PNW for most of my life. I thought I knew quite a bit about the whales in our area, but I was wrong. I knew some things, but there is a world of valuable information at this museum, and it's designed...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On a recent visit to the island my wife decided she wanted a whale tale necklace like the one in the statue down near the very landing. You would think it would be easier to find but she could not find the one she liked...More

Thank Dan W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very nice collection of information about every kind of whale. Very kid friendly. And of course there is Ella the Golden Retriever to great you when you come in!

Thank Elissa V
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice and informative museum. Staff was helpful and knowledgeable. Admission price was very reasonable. Great gift shop.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great way to kill time before going on the whale cruise. Not a very big museum, but informative. I imagine children would enjoy it.

Thank Edgar D
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Reviewed May 8, 2018

A bit price y for the size, but it is very informative and support ongoing whale research. Great for a family with school age children

Thank Jane C
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Reviewed April 27, 2018 via mobile

Visited with my husband, very interesting, nice video about rescuing a whale and returning to the wild. More aligned to children but quite a bit of information for adults too.

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Reviewed April 9, 2018

Small, not very well ada equipped, not much to see, in need of educational tires and display organization. Help unfamiliar with local businesses. Quickly boring, especially for kids.

Thank Jonathan054
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