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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  • 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 »
  • 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.  more »
  • 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 an...  more »
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  • Really enjoyed this museum. Learned a lot about whales and local pods. Staff was great.
  • The must see museum of Friday Harbor. Tells the story of the local whale pod individuals, research that is being done on whales, and about whales in general. Interesting for both children and adults. Excellent presentation of material. Great gift shop.
  • 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
  • This is a very informative place for both adults and children. Not very expensive $6 for adults. Less for seniors. Not sure how much children's price is.
  • Definitely worth a visit if you're in Friday Harbor. Lots of informative exhibits, including an interactive whale call booth.

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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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