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The Whale Museum

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Address: 62 1st St N, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-8337
Phone Number: +1 360-378-4710
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Museum dedicated to the orcas and other whale species that visit the...

Museum dedicated to the orcas and other whale species that visit the Washington coast in the spring.

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Great rainy day stop

Great museum! Lots of bones and features with descriptions galore (almost too many). Lots of information on the local pods of Orcas including a family tree that was really... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
mykiavelli
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Auburn, California
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Fate, Texas
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12 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had plans to go thru the museum. They decided to close early and would not allow us to tour. I was really looking forward to showing my son the museum since I had not been there in 28 years. I talked about the museum the entire ferry ride from Seattle to Friday Harbor. I tried talking to the gentleman... More 

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Auburn, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great museum! Lots of bones and features with descriptions galore (almost too many). Lots of information on the local pods of Orcas including a family tree that was really cool! Cool little gift shop with lots of goodies. Interesting videos playing about Orca safety and health that are PBS quality informational shows. There is even a human brain in there... More 

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Eagle Point, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thoroughly enjoyed the displays and educational film. Loved the display of the local killer whale pods and the information about them there.

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Thank Kathy B
Memphis
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love the Whale Museum. This was my second visit, consecutively, in November. And as expected, there were things I didn't remember or may have skimmed over my first time through. The building is brimming with everything San Juan Island, Puget Sound, and of course, the whales! It's fun for the whole family--there are videos, sound bites of the whale... More 

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Prince Albert, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

It doesn't take all afternoon or cost all that much, but if you are interested in whales and whale watching information, this is an excellent place to begin. Good gift shop.

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Toledo Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

When it rains in Friday Harbor spend the money ($5) to visit the local whale museum. There is so much information about the local whales and other sea animals you could spend hours here but probably most visits will be between 1-2 hours. The exhibits are on the second floor but there is an electric chair lift for those unable... More 

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Oak Harbor, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

You wouldn't want to visit Friday Harbor without experiencing the whale museum! Especially watch the short videos they offer! Super!

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Sanibel Island, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

We learned a lot about whales and enjoyed the local focus of this worthwhile museum. Great way to spend a couple of hours!

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Libertyville, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

We enjoyed spending some time in the small town of Friday Harbor. In-between shopping, eating and having a "cold one", we checked out some of the history of this town. If you want info on whales, this was the place to go. About a half hour is needed and it was free.

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Friday Harbor, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Come learn about our Southern Resident Orcas and the Biggs Transient Orcas. Distant cousins who both inhabit the Salish Sea. The Wildlife on land and in the Sea make this one of the most awesome places to visit in North America, The Whale museum is a MUST FIRST Stop for anyone visiting San Juan Island. Then go out and explore... More 

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