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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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We enjoyed exploring the exhibits. The information about whales is well presented an up to date. The person at the admission counter , Paren, was very knowledgeable and helpful.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Cindy R
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Tualatin, Oregon, United States
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Tualatin, Oregon, United States
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed exploring the exhibits. The information about whales is well presented an up to date. The person at the admission counter , Paren, was very knowledgeable and helpful.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Museum provided so much to learn about the whales. I think I spent two hours or more in there and still didn't see all they had to offer. There were many videos to watch that were very interesting. I leaned a so much about whales! The Museum is worth the visit.

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Thank CdMapes
Camas, WA
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We spent a happy couple of hours here perusing the various displays and watching videos. It's not just about orcas--there is information about all kinds of whales here, including bones, fully assembled skeletons, audio recordings, and videos. Some of the displays seem a smidge dated, but that didn't make them any less engaging. We enjoyed seeing the giant orca and... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you want to learn about whales - this is the place to go. This place has a ton of information in it, along with some interactive exhibits.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a good little museum, maybe a little expensive for what they offered. Basic whale info but also some good videos and sounds and exhibits - not a bad place to spend an hour but won't be much longer then that

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Salome, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

old building - displays were nice - kids seam to like it - not that easy to read all print on displays - great video

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Thank Roy R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

One of the first things I wanted to do when I visited San Juan Island was to explore The Whale Museum. It has some of the most detailed and interactive displays I have seen; best of all, a lot of these displays focused on the Resident orca and resident cetacean populations that live in this area. There were opportunities to... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well, they're trying. Limited funds, limited exhibits. Looks a bit homespun and tired. Does not deserve to be so highly rated on TripAdvisor, imo.

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a MUST if you are coming to Friday Harbor. They do an incredible job of educating people who bother to take the time to learn.

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Pleasanton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the grandkids there because they love whales. We walked out impressed with the displays and the amount of information provided in this small hometown museum.

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