The Whale Museum, Friday Harbor

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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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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  • It was a very best place, fairly inexpensive. It's a bit small, but had lots of interesting displays, and a tour included 
  • My wife and I visited the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor, WA early in October during a trip to the San Juan Islands. We are very happy we took the time to visit the museum! The Museum is located very n...  read more »
  • I was struck by the data associating beachings of various marine mammals and the use of high-powered sonar and echo-sounding. We need to take action to protect these animals! 
  • 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.
  • This is an awesome little place. I've been here twice. Once as a child and once as an adult. It was fascinating! There was so much to learn about whales. My favorite part was seeing a specimen of a gigantic whale brain! They also have a cute little souvenir shop downstairs. This place is a must go if you ever find yourself on this island!
  • The Whale Museum is a wonderful place to learn about our Salish Sea and its inhabitants. I really enjoy all the people involved with the daily operations of the museum. A truly great place to visit!
  • small quaint and more of a place for elementary students.. it's something to do on the island if u wanna kill time. still a great option to contribute to a local institution.
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