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The Whale Museum

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Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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For Whale Lovers

This was my second visit to the Museum. The staff do an amazing job with education and data on the... read more

Reviewed February 9, 2019
Great movies if you want to learn about whales and their disappearance

Very interesting, very informative. Underwater explosions to find oil/gas, military blasting sonar... read more

Reviewed January 22, 2019
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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62 1st St N, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-8337
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Reviewed February 9, 2019

This was my second visit to the Museum. The staff do an amazing job with education and data on the Southern Resident Orcas. My daughter-in-law grew up visiting the museum regularly, and introduced it to us two years ago. Great fun!

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed January 22, 2019

Very interesting, very informative. Underwater explosions to find oil/gas, military blasting sonar waves, PCB's, loss of salmon - we have a lot to do to save our whales!

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 21, 2019 via mobile

We never had been here before so we decided to stop in. The have a nice exhibit with interesting facts. There are numerous anatomical artifacts with full explanations to go with them. Of course they are all about whale conservation programs, so they have a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 3, 2019

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
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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
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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
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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
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