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The Whale Museum

62 1st St N, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-8337
+1 360-378-4710
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Small but Mighty!

Not a big place, but packed with useful information. The displays are well done, and the videos... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
lheadley
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Omaha, Nebraska
Very educational and interesting

My best friend and I thoroughly enjoyed the museum. It doesn't take an extensive amount of time to... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Arvan2013
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New Haven, Missouri
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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 Sea ecosystem through education and research.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good34%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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62 1st St N, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-8337
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Not a big place, but packed with useful information. The displays are well done, and the videos are breathtaking. There is a small room for children activities; e.g. videos and coloring. I wished my grandsons could see it.

Thank lheadley
Reviewed 4 days ago

My best friend and I thoroughly enjoyed the museum. It doesn't take an extensive amount of time to enjoy the entire museum. It is extremely educational about whales themselves and some about the area itself. If I had had my kids along with me I...More

Thank Arvan2013
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This quaint museum is jammed full of history of the Orca Resident whales and all other marine life. It offered educational tours that were enlightening.

Thank Adavignon
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very well put together hale museum that also includes short movies on Orchas and other whales and sounds of the whales. Plan on at least 2 hours to visit it thoroughly.

Thank auctioneer2244
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had some time to kill before kayak tour and stumbled upon this small but well organized and informative museum. Clear and concise descriptions of different types of whales the meaning of cetaceans and more plus an abundance of whale skeletons.

Thank Robert C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Whale Museum offers wonderful educational exhibits that explain who the resident orca pods are, how they differ from transient orcas and how their pods are organized. They have a huge matrilineal pedigree that shows who is who in each pod. They have audio examples...More

Thank Karen L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Whale Museum in Friday Harbor is very good. It is in an old building that smells musty, but the exhibits are very good. They have a ton of information about killer whales. The museum also directs scientists at the Lime Kiln Lighthouse where they...More

Thank Penelope K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good place to get information about the whale (primarily Orca) population in the San Juan Islands. It is a small museum but worth the visit if you are on San Juan Island Access to the second floor, which is the area of the museum, is...More

Thank Graytoppop
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are fascinated by whales and the museum also helps support Whale research. Very reasonable fare and walking distance from the ferries

Thank pathk58
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting and informative. Especially since I was going whale watching the next day. I not only learned about whales, but saw the importance of being good stewards of the environment.

Thank Roy R
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