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!