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The Whale Museum

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Address: 62 1st St N, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-8337
Phone Number: 360 378 4710
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Museum dedicated to the orcas and other whale species that visit the...

Museum dedicated to the orcas and other whale species that visit the Washington coast in the spring.

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This is a sweet whale museum. I use the word "sweet" not to demean but to relay the charm of seeing hand-painted information panels and densely packed specimens and exhibit cases... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a sweet whale museum. I use the word "sweet" not to demean but to relay the charm of seeing hand-painted information panels and densely packed specimens and exhibit cases. There is so much to see and learn here. The presentation is not overly-grand or slick. There are whale-song listening stations, video presentations, whale related art, full skeletons and... More 

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Pasadena, California
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My first trip to San Juan Island was just amazing and visiting The Whale Museum was one of the highlights. I have a love of whales and my trip was planned around seeing Orcas in the wild. The museum was a nice compliment to that as it gave me some really cool information about the local pods and so much... More 

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Thank MMarasco
Quincy, Washington
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great museum packed with artifacts and information for such a small venue. Worth the time. Nice gift shop as well. Adopt an Orca.

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Thank emmitt2727
Camas, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is small, but charming, and packed with whale facts. There were quite a few children there, when I was visiting, and they all seemed to be having a wonderful time. If you plan on a whale watching trip, I would come here first. The gift shop is great, and the entrance fee is reasonable, and the profits go... More 

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Thank Jo C
Olympia, Washington
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am so glad we went to this museum with my 8 and 10-year-old granddaughters! We did this museum before going on a whale watching tour boat so we had some knowledge of whales and their genealogy. My 10-year-old granddaughter is very interested in marine biology and she was enthralled. I learned so much! For instance, I never knew previously... More 

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Thank Leta D
Naperville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A good overview about whales, orcas in particular. A great place to go to before taking a whale boat tour. Best for 10 years old and up.

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Thank blueirises2016
Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small local museum - definitely worth the nominal admission to see the various exhibits about whales - not really a destination, but a good place to spend an hour before going to dinner or lunch.

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Thank ohr999
Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Though with multiple displays, all in an old wooden classroom-like open space, the museum lacks a professional touch when it comes to its floor plan and exhibits. It is not much more than an old fashioned local museum with curious artifacts.

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Rochester, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We thought we knew a lot about Orcas until we got here. I loved the mini videos of the whales, the spotting hotline board, and the Pod family details.

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Thank Carrie K
Portland, OR
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They have done a great job with limited space in this old building. Lots of interesting whale info along with several skeletons and maps explaining the local pods and whale history. We spent about an hour in the museum and felt we got our money's worth.

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