WA – The Whale Museum (Friday Harbor, San Juan Island)


In the summer of 2011, on a visit to Friday Harbor, we decided to spend part of the rainy afternoon at The Whale Museum. It is right in the center of town and an easy, uphill walk from the ferry.

When you enter the building, you are met with the gift shop. A very nice lady behind the counter took our money for admission, and we went up the stairs to the museum.

The second floor is broken up into several rooms, each with a different focus. One room was focused on the Native Americanstories about the whales, and what makes them so important to their culture. There is a small room for smaller kids with pictures to clor, books to read about whales, and dress up.

The main area talks about the different pods, shows different skeletons, talks about what they eat, migration, how they communicate, and what their life looks like. It also talks about the research groups are doing.

A favorite spot for my son was the communications room. Lots of buttons and phones and things to play with.


It was a fun couple of hours. Younger kids might get a little bored after an hour, but the older set might find it more interesting.That being said, there is a little something for everyone at this museum.

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