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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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Excellent source of information and wonderful conservation efforts

I learned quite a lot in this great local museum. These people are very dedicated to marine... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Melissa L
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Seattle, Washington
Cool, Quaint Museum with a Excellent Cause!

Definite must see! knowing that their mission is to protect our local Orca population and educate... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Brodie B
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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 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
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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"interesting exhibits"
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"gift shop"
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"great for kids"
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"all ages"
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"kids and adults"
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"local pods"
in 15 reviews
"marine animals"
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"worth a visit"
in 16 reviews
"great information"
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"rainy day"
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"learned a great deal"
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"resident orcas"
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"sea life"
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"san juan islands"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I learned quite a lot in this great local museum. These people are very dedicated to marine wildlife of all kinds, and provide lots of interesting facts about whales, seals, dolphins, and even the creatures that hitch a ride on various sea life. A big...More

Thank Melissa L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Definite must see! knowing that their mission is to protect our local Orca population and educate people concerning whales makes the admission worth it!

Thank Brodie B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to start your adventure once you reach San Juan. What about all the animals that inhabit the water in the sound. Learn about the different pods of orcas. I was very sad to find out that granny, the oldest of the orcas, had...More

Thank Delphinus65
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Reviewed 30 December 2017 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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