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Whale Museum

62 First Street North
Friday Harbor, WA

Phone: 206-378-4710

Statement of Purpose:

A natural history museum dedicated to the living whales of the world. 

To increase the public's understanding and appreciation of the environment with a special emphasis on whales. The Museum seeks, through education and research in Washington's inland marine waters, to encourage responsible stewardship of this and other marine systems.


The Museum exhibits depict the natural history of the living whale through the interpretation of both art and science. You will see an actual baby gray whale skeleton, fin whale brains, and a comparison of teeth and baleen. Hands-on displays include an interactive computer station and a phone booth in which you can listen to various whale vocalizations. Learn about the killer whales of the Pacific Northwest in our video theater, identify individual whales in the geneology display and see a full grown male killer whale skeleton. Models and artwork in glass, stone and wood complement the gallery to further enhance your appreciation of these wonderful animals.

The Museum also operates a store full of gifts, educational tools, music and books all about whale and other marine mammals.

Some of the store items are even available on-line at our Web site.


Zoological and fine arts collection interpreting the natural history of whales.


9:00 am to 7:00 pm - Daily Memorial Day through September 30
10:00 am to 6:00 pm - Daily October 1 through Memorial Day
Closed: December 25th and January 1.


Adults: $4.50
Seniors: $4:00
Students: $1.00
Children under 5: Free
Contact us for group rates and guided tours.

The Whale Museum is on San Juan Island 90 mile north of Seattle, Washington. From Anacortes you ride a ferry boat to the town of Friday Harbor. Once off the ferry, follow Spring Street ( the main road through
town) one block to First Street and turn right. The museum is two blocks on the right side of the street.



Key Personnel:

Valerie Bohonus, Executive Director
Associate Director of Business Affairs: Mary Blevins
Associate Director of Museum Services: Jon Luke
Curator of Science Services: Rich Osborne
Curator of Education: Albert Shepard
Museum Store Manager: Kent Bullifin
Orca Adoption Program Manager: Amy Traxler
Data Coordinator: Rowann Tallmon
Communications manager: Tracie Hornung
Gallery/store assistant: Sue Miller

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