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The Whale Museum

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Address: 62 1st St N, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-8337
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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 place has interactive, educational displays including life sized models of whales and other sea mammals, skeletons, mounted stuffed wildlife, videos, etc. Plan to spend at... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
PullmanCougar
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Pullman, Washington
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Pullman, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place has interactive, educational displays including life sized models of whales and other sea mammals, skeletons, mounted stuffed wildlife, videos, etc. Plan to spend at least 2 hours here. We have seen lots of museums and this was one of the better ones. The museum is housed in an older building and to get up to the main display... More 

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Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped in here while killing time before our whale watching trip. I recommend coming here before heading out to view the whales because this is a highly informative museum. Definitely worth a stop!

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Prescott Valley, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2017

Nicely laid out, small local museum with lots of information and great little interpretive section for kids. They had a video they played with additional information. It was nice to learn more about the whales of the Puget Sound area and see and read all the exhibits. We enjoyed it!

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Jakarta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017 via mobile

We love this small museum. Very informational on the whales and really make you want to adopt the orcas. Recommended for families too.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016

Loved learning more about the whales that inhabit the Puget Sound. It was also nice to support this organization.

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Kenai, Alaska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2016

I heard (from locals) many people get lost finding this place, so: Get off the ferry. Go up Spring Street (the main drag.) Go to 1st Street & take a right. It's 2 blocks up the hill on the right. A huge whale mural adorns the building. Check the hours before you go. Winter hours are short. Inside, find skeletons,... More 

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Fate, Texas
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

We had plans to go thru the museum. They decided to close early and would not allow us to tour. I was really looking forward to showing my son the museum since I had not been there in 28 years. I talked about the museum the entire ferry ride from Seattle to Friday Harbor. I tried talking to the gentleman... More 

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Auburn, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016 via mobile

Great museum! Lots of bones and features with descriptions galore (almost too many). Lots of information on the local pods of Orcas including a family tree that was really cool! Cool little gift shop with lots of goodies. Interesting videos playing about Orca safety and health that are PBS quality informational shows. There is even a human brain in there... More 

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Eagle Point, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed the displays and educational film. Loved the display of the local killer whale pods and the information about them there.

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Memphis
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016 via mobile

I love the Whale Museum. This was my second visit, consecutively, in November. And as expected, there were things I didn't remember or may have skimmed over my first time through. The building is brimming with everything San Juan Island, Puget Sound, and of course, the whales! It's fun for the whole family--there are videos, sound bites of the whale... More 

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