The Whale Museum, Friday Harbor

(4.4/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
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. Use our Friday Harbor trip itinerary planner to arrange your visit to The Whale Museum and other attractions in Friday Harbor.
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  • We stopped here before heading out to look for whales. They have a lot of good information for finding & listening to whales. My kids loved the gift shop & went home with stuffed orcas. The museum has...  more »
  • This is a cool little museum just steps from the ferry terminal and the whale watching boat berths in Friday Harbor on the San Juan Island. We actually spent about an hour visiting this museum before ...  more »
  • We had about an hour to kill before our ferry departed so we decided to stop in. They had some great information, a few videos to watch and my kids loved the coloring station and learning about the di...  more »
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  • Super informative, friendly staff, videos and audio of many whales. Very complete collection of history and science about whales. Full skeletons, interesting for kids. Reasonable price. Active in current research and protection of whales.
  • Important, current science information is made available quickly and coherently. This museum is on the cutting edge of local research on Orca whales.
  • Fun touristy thing to do. It's free so why not. Personally love seeing skeletons of creatures and seeing the biology that makes up other animals so definitely fun to visit for me. Though not much reason to visit a second time.
  • A TON of information! Great little place and so much information packed into there. I would consider this a must see on san juan. Wish I would have done this on my first day there.
  • The museum is a bit dated and some interactive displays weren't functional, but it was a good way to spend time indoors without spending lots of money. Many of the exhibits require reading so not ideal for young ones with short attention spans. The reconstructed whale skeletons were pretty cool. Also note they have a deep discount for students.