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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 Museum But Good Way To Spend An Hour

Visited the Whale Museum while waiting for my hotel room to be ready. Had two floors of exhibits... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kira A
via mobile
Great little museum!

I came to the San Juans to see orcas so this was one of the "must dos" on my trip. Did not... read more

Reviewed 6 December 2017
Whichwayisit
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Galena, Illinois
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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.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“gift shop” (41 reviews)
“great for kids” (11 reviews)
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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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62 1st St N, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-8337
+1 360-378-4710
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the Whale Museum while waiting for my hotel room to be ready. Had two floors of exhibits about the sea life of the San Juan Islands, with a focus on orcas. I especially enjoyed seeing the orca skeletons and the whale stuff. Was well...More

Thank Kira A
Reviewed 6 December 2017

I came to the San Juans to see orcas so this was one of the "must dos" on my trip. Did not disappoint. The museum has some great displays and does great things for the whales.

Thank Whichwayisit
Reviewed 17 November 2017

Being a great Fan of those magnificent creatures, I have visited many whale museums. I must say, this small, compact museum is wonderful. I learned so much in a very short time about the local pods and residents. My favourite feature was the telephone booth...More

Thank Catherine B
Reviewed 15 November 2017 via mobile

Honestly, I was a bit disappointed with the museum. It just doesn’t have enough on display. Even with a tight budget, I’m sure they could get their hands on more specimens of marine life or artifacts. It’s worth checking out and might be a lot...More

Thank Olya A
Reviewed 11 November 2017

A unique museum primarily dedicated the the Orca whales which are in the Puget Sound. There is much literature about the whales along with souvenirs and jewelry.

Thank George S
Reviewed 23 October 2017

Small museum, but is has great displays and lots of info about the whales.Spend an hour or so here when your visiting Friday Harbor. It will be worth your time.

Thank flyingkdj
Reviewed 21 October 2017

Let's face it, orcas are one of the reasons people come to visit the San Juans. The Whale Museum has great displays and you can learn a lot about their history. Take the time to watch the videos and learn about challenges facing our Southern...More

Thank bsaylor
Reviewed 15 October 2017

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 13 October 2017

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 5 October 2017 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
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