The Whale Museum
The Whale Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Thank you for your interest in learning about The Whale Museum. The Whale Museum is completely reopened! We are open 10:00 am - 4:00 pm every day. Thank you for your support. https://whalemuseum.org/
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Colin
    Leeds, United Kingdom6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent way to get to know whales.
    The English Times said that if you have a short time in Reykjavik then this museum is a must. Too true! The display fits life size models of these awesome creatures in a space that allows you to really appreciate their size, features and habit. A 60 minute audio visual presentation is spectacular and provides challenging insights into the future of many of these creatures. The guided tour was a great bonus.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 22, 2023
  • Fafnerb
    Ashland, Oregon77 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great information and exhibits
    We learned so much from this museum, and in so many different ways. There were whale skeletons, videos, history, biology, sound recordings. We really enjoyed the variety in the exhibits. The staff were also very knowledgeable and helpful.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 29, 2024
  • BronteBucket
    Harrogate, United Kingdom738 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This small museum packs a punch
    When in Friday Harbour we visited The Whale Museum to get us in the mood for our kayaking trip with the hope of seeing some whales! For a small museum we felt that it packed a punch offering lots of useful information and insight with good displays and videos. We learnt about the whale pods which base themselves around the island - the J, K and L pods. It was sobering to realise that the numbers are depleted, and so the opportunities for sightings reduced.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 1, 2024
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StevoinMinnesoto
Cottage Grove, MN576 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
We 4 adults toured the Whale Museum on a cool, drizzly day. It is an easy walk from most lodging and only a block or 2 off the main drag in Friday Harbor. We all felt that the museum is geared towards children, not adults. It took us about 45 minutes to walk through it.
Written February 24, 2020
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Galeda
Kansas City, MO382 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
My friends and I were visiting Friday Harbor, and on the top of our list was The Whale Museum. We are very interested in marine mammal conservation and heard about the mission of the Museum: not only to curate and display artifacts related to whales in the Salish Sea area, but also education and research to promote the growth and sustainability of the ecosystem.

The Museum itself is in a lovely historic building in downtown Friday Harbor; it covers two floors and can easily be toured within 90 minutes to 2 hours. There’s a swell little gift shop on the ground floor, and you’ll have the opportunity to Adopt an Orca–how cool!

Special thanks to Casey in the gift shop/admission area; we spoke with her when we arrived about our love of whales and desire to do some whale-watching while we were on San Juan Island. As we finished our tour of the museum, she found us and let us know that there was a group of orcas sighted off Lime Kiln Point, and we were able to dash across the island and catch several sightings of the last three members of the group! It was a great start to our whale-watching adventures! We really appreciate Casey taking the time and effort to find us and let us know the whales were there. It made our day!

We’re so grateful for the work of the Whale Museum and will spread the word: The Museum is the best first stop for any visit to the islands!
Written May 19, 2022
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One world foodie
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
This is a great place in town with much information on whales including videos, skeletons, displays, printed materials, etc. There is a long flight of stairs (maybe 15 or so) to climb to view the 2nd floor displays which are worth seeing. No elevator. They have a nice little gift shop on the first floor. Great place to learn about various whales (and some other marine mammals), research, conservation, etc.
Written April 26, 2021
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iTraveltheworld195
Highland Park, IL1,193 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Though there were many whale tooths on display, I would say that the museum overall is very long in the tooth.

Everything is in desperate need of an update. The displays are looking old and shabby but worst of all the information needs updating. There was lots of sad news here but nothing about the biggest success story of all...the humpbacks have returned to the Salish Sea in ever growing numbers! I think I heard that there are now over 800 of them in the summer months. Up from zero!!! Yes, they had totally decimated a vibrant humpback population down to zero but through conservation efforts that started back in the '60s, the humpbacks have returned!

I would also like to see more innovative and interactive displays especially for the kiddos!
Written August 6, 2023
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AndreaUbok
Florida2,730 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
Admission was nine dollars for adults & it I s reduced for children and seniors. There was a lot of hands-on, film, bones, sounds …everything about the endangered orcas.

Discovered that orcas are baleen whales have baleen instead of teeth which they use to collect shrimp-like krill, plankton and small fish from the sea. These bristly baleen plates filter, sift, sieve or trap the whales’ prey from seawater inside their mouths. Baleen is made out of keratin, the same protein that makes up our fingernails and hair. It was a large pieces of baleen in the museum.
Written June 27, 2021
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Tcwolfina
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Really interesting place with a really friendly guide! There were two tours that went on. One at 1:30 and another one around 3, I believe. The guide was extremely knowledgeable about all the whales and answered every question that was thrown at him. I would definitely go again
Written February 5, 2020
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ThePackedBag
Sydney, Australia4,732 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
The people here are passionate about educating humans on these wonderful creatures and what can be done to protect them.
However, the museum itself looks like it's from 1992 with very little interactivity and, in this day and age, that's expected.
On the plus side, the gift shop was good with a nice range of products.
Written August 30, 2023
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BronteBucket
Harrogate, UK738 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
When in Friday Harbour we visited The Whale Museum to get us in the mood for our kayaking trip with the hope of seeing some whales! For a small museum we felt that it packed a punch offering lots of useful information and insight with good displays and videos. We learnt about the whale pods which base themselves around the island - the J, K and L pods. It was sobering to realise that the numbers are depleted, and so the opportunities for sightings reduced.
Written March 1, 2024
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Colin
Leeds, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
The English Times said that if you have a short time in Reykjavik then this museum is a must. Too true! The display fits life size models of these awesome creatures in a space that allows you to really appreciate their size, features and habit. A 60 minute audio visual presentation is spectacular and provides challenging insights into the future of many of these creatures. The guided tour was a great bonus.
Written August 22, 2023
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Fafnerb
Ashland, OR77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We learned so much from this museum, and in so many different ways. There were whale skeletons, videos, history, biology, sound recordings. We really enjoyed the variety in the exhibits. The staff were also very knowledgeable and helpful.
Written January 29, 2024
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