The Whale Museum, Friday Harbor

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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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  • Definite must see! knowing that their mission is to protect our local Orca population and educate people concerning whales makes the admission worth it!  more »
  • 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 gr...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • This was such a great little museum! Fabulous interactive displays, tons of facts, and learning in every nook and cranny of the place. Most importantly, a staff that is dedicated and knowledgeable on the health and welfare of local wales.
  • An interesting place to learn about the big giant mammal. We went on a free day, but otherwise there's a fee. I don't think it's worth paying and going though because the museum is too small.
  • It's mostly okay. Some cool exhibits but temper your expectations of you're accustomed to big museums. It's quite small.
  • Really enjoyed this museum. Learned a lot about whales and local pods. Staff was great.
  • Very informative. Many exhibits for a small museum. Pose with the whales!!
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