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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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A whale of a good time

Living in the Midwest, I don't get to learn about and see whales very often. This whale museum is filled with informative facts about whales and sea life. The tour guide was... read more

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Living in the Midwest, I don't get to learn about and see whales very often. This whale museum is filled with informative facts about whales and sea life. The tour guide was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and personable. If only all guides were that well informed and captivating! She involved the tour group and I felt part of magic of this... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Good for the kids. They learn about whales with exhibits and videos. Could use more interactive exhibits.

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Thank janef1324
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Self guided museum tour. Nice small town museum with some great history. The museum is pretty small, you can get through it in less than 30 minutes.

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Westfield, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This would be the perfect rainy day activity if it ever rained! We spent two hours there but ran out of time with the ferry schedule. Very informative and a great educational experience. We loved reading the stories about the Orca families and the opportunity to name the babies.

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Thank samsmomm
Livingston, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Awesome little museum in Friday Harbor, a must visit if you are in the area and have an interest in whales. Loved it!!!!

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Bastrop, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I would recommend taking a whale tour first, Maya's Legacy was great, then visiting the museum. The museum has lots of exhibits for children including a room with videos and whale pictures to color. There is an odd exhibit with some preserved marine animal fetuses, also a couple of brains. Maybe not so good for the squeamish.

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Thank TxMarky
Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great venue for learning about the sea life around the San Juans - and lots of interesting information about the resident orcas. I highly recommend visiting the whale museum while you are in Friday Harbor. Great for kids and adults!

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Thank MsSunshyne67
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

took my son here and he absolutely loved it! I really appreciated the history of the specific local whale pods. There is a beautiful mural on the outside of the building and in the stairwell also. gift shop had a decent selection and not too expensive.

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Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small museum that is a must-see if you have any interest in the amazing marine mammals that live around San Juan Island. It is inexpensive and well-done, with lots of fascinating details and displays. You can do it in 30-60 minutes. If you are going on a whale watch (which you should!) or to Lime Kiln Park... More 

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Rockton, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We all found this museum to be very interesting. We especially liked learning about all of the different pods of orcas and all of the current whale research that is taking place on the island. We spent about 45 minutes at the museum. Its definitely worth the time and the small admission fee.

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