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The Whale Museum

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Open Now: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Very Informational

It's a small museum, but is packed with things for all to explore. Good for kids and adults of all... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
SeaTac, Washington
Excellent Museum with Interesting and Informative Displays

The museum has many excellent exhibits for adults and children. Be sure to watch the movie about... read more

Reviewed November 27, 2018
Seattle, Washington
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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
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All reviews interactive exhibits whale bones gift shop great displays all ages great for kids kids and adults whale sounds local pods marine animals conservation efforts rainy day learned a great deal whale pods interesting things resident orcas sea life
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a small museum, but is packed with things for all to explore. Good for kids and adults of all ages.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank bethanyanziano
Reviewed November 27, 2018

The museum has many excellent exhibits for adults and children. Be sure to watch the movie about noise in the ocean and how it harms whales and other marine life. The museum has interesting information about local whales as well as whales in other areas.This...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ScubaEagle
Reviewed November 24, 2018

A moving experience; the Whale Museum does a great job of presenting the cold hard facts of human influence and impact on whale populations. There is also a ton of information to learn; I did not know that Orcas can live to be 100, for...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ruleena
Reviewed November 4, 2018

We Dutch guys were the best whaling folk in the world ! My grandpappy was a harpooner on a whaling ship and remarkably survived after being swallowed by a blue whale. Grandpappy incurred no lasting psychological or physical problems but for the rest of his...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank kevbutnobacon
Reviewed October 29, 2018

Well put together displays, lots of information is shared. a school group was there during our visit- hardly noticed them. It was fun and informative. a great way to spend the afternoon. The staff is amazing and happy to answer any questions you have.Great job!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank pinkarcher
Reviewed October 26, 2018

I'm so happy we chose to visit this museum on our trip to SJI. There are so many interesting artifacts and interactive exhibits. We had a lot of fun exploring this little gem in the islands!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank heatherlouise2018
Reviewed October 13, 2018 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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank tyndalljm
Reviewed October 12, 2018

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.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Simone M
Reviewed October 2, 2018 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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Marprinc
Reviewed September 28, 2018

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.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank firewalkerranch
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