The Whale Museum, Friday Harbor

Learn about the life of marine giants at The Whale Museum. The museum's collection, spread over two floors, focuses on the whales and marine life of the Pacific Northwest. You can learn about local whale pods and natural history of the area, as well as see the lifelike models, artifacts, and whale skeletons. The exhibits and multimedia presentations familiarize visitors with recent discoveries in marine biology and raise awareness of the efforts to protect the marine ecosystems. At the museum's gift shop, you can find an array of whale-inspired memorabilia and artwork, such as shirts, books, posters, and jewelry. To visit The Whale Museum on your holiday in Friday Harbor, and find out what else Friday Harbor has to offer, use our Friday Harbor trip planning tool .
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  • October 3, 2017
    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 »
  • October 2, 2017
    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 ...  more »
  • September 29, 2017
    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 ...  more »
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  • June 29, 2017
    This is such a fantastic Museum and a great way to support local conservation. They have lots of whale and other marine mammal skeletons on display, interactive exhibits, and extremely knowledgeable docents who are able to bring the subject matter to life. It makes me very happy that the primary purpose of this Museum is to provide a steady stream of funding for local efforts to protect whales and other marine mammals in the San Juan Islands. A visit to Friday Harbor definitely isn't complete without a tour through The Whale Museum
  • June 14, 2017
    Loved learning about whales. On the day we visited, there was a elementary school tour taking place which we got to sit in and hear the presentation. We were able to see a demonstration of the call of the whales. What a humbling experience to know that beautiful and intelligent creatures roam the oceans.
  • June 8, 2017
    A great place to bring the family and learn all about marine mammals in the Salish Sea. Their educational displays are wonderful, with life size replicas, fully articulated skeletons, videos, acoustic recordings, hands on artifacts like real teeth and baleen and much more, all packed with interesting facts. You will have fun and learn a lot!
  • July 3, 2017
    Pretty much a one-room museum, so perhaps a little pricey for that. But they do have a lot on stuff packed into that room. It was interesting to see.
  • July 3, 2017
    Really cool whale facts, awesome gift shop. It's small, probably won't spend more than an hour there.

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Where to stay in Friday Harbor

As a popular summer escape for residents of the Seattle area and tourists from further afield, Friday Harbor does not lack for a selection of accommodation. Most places sit in the historical downtown area. Here you'll find charming inns and bed and breakfasts, upmarket suites and spas, and more basic motels. A couple of guesthouses sit farther away from downtown. These offer more privacy, but you'll probably want to have a carĀ if you choose stay at one. If you plan to arrive in summer, book your stay as far ahead as possible.
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