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“An amazing experience - A little something for everyone!”

Museo de La Ballena
Ranked #6 of 63 things to do in La Paz
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Portland, Oregon
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“An amazing experience - A little something for everyone!”
Reviewed April 11, 2014

I first had the honor of meeting Francisco (Museum Curator & Director) a year ago, at the site of the previous whale museum. I dragged my friends to go see whales and learn a bit more about the marine life in Baja. Francisco took the time to give us a tour and we spent a while talking about whales. I was impressed by the previous museum.

However, the new museum is going to be able to be so much more and it is going to be able to reach and teach so many more people. I had learned of their planned move, but I was not prepared for what has already been done in the first phase of construction. And, they have so much more planned! The new whale museum (on the Malecon, across the street from the bus station) is stunning. Francisco was gracious enough to take me on another private tour and he laid out the plans for this new museum. Simply stunning.

The museum has a wonderful collection of whale and dolphin skeletons, they will (in the future) show movies to help educate the public, and there will likely be lectures on whales, dolphins, and other marine life. They are currently working hard to get the first phase of the museum completed and they are getting things done fast. However, if you show up and Francisco happens to be around, he is open to taking people on tours. The entire staff is enthusiastic about what they do and it shows. They want to help you answer any questions you may have.

Hitting Museo de Ballena is a definite must before/after any whale watching trip! They are also doing an amazing job of reaching out to the school kids and communities.

There will eventually be a cafe and gift shop for all you fellow marine enthusiasts who just cannot drag yourselves away. Do not miss this museum! They also have a Facebook page - Check them out!

Visited April 2014
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Francisco G, Director General at Museo de La Ballena, responded to this review, April 17, 2016
Hi dear "rufflife", finally we open the new Whale Museum at the Malecon last march the 1st. Hope you gave me again the honour of talk with you about whales, dolphins..... and more and more projects!!! Send you a big hug and thaks for your comments!!
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Ajijic, Mexico
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“Great exhibits and Knowledgeable Staff”
Reviewed March 15, 2014

My husband and I visited this museum and were lucky enough to have a personal tour conducted by the very knowledgeable curator/director, Francisco, whose English is more that sufficient for us to learn a great amount about the two main branches of whales, baleen and toothed. They have real whale skeletons assembled and on display, including a "teenaged" blue whale (with an incredibly large chest cavity). There are nice fiberglass models of different whale species and a display on the evolution of whales (from the land back to the sea). The museum is currently on the same block as the Teatro de la Cuidad. We took a cab there; be sure to pronounce as "Museo de Ba-yena" not "Museo de Ba-lena" since double l's are pronounced as y's in Spanish, which caused us a humorous moment with the confused cab driver. The museum will be moving to the Malecon area, which should afford many more people to easily find and be able to enjoy it.

Visited February 2014
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Francisco G, Director General at Museo de La Ballena, responded to this review, April 17, 2016
Hi dear Jackie!!
Just to tell you that finally the new Museo de la Ballena just open at the first of march 2016. Hope to see you soon and many thanks for your recommendation!!
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