Friday Harborview website
62 First St. North
Friday Harbor, 98250
Science & Nature Museum
Whale Museum Description
Real whale skeletons are only part of the fun at this fabulous natural history museum. Kids can also see a video about the killer whales that live near the San Juan Islands, listen to whale and dolphin songs in the Whale Phone Booth, and compare the surprisingly similar bones of the human hand with those of the whale fin. Knowledgeable docents are on hand to talk about the local ecosystem and its marine life, and the gift store offers truly unique whale-themed items.
Babies: Children under 5 are admitted free. The Whale Museum is a rare indoor activity that's relatively dark and quiet -- a good resting or napping spot for tiny ones.
Toddlers & Pre-K: A special kids room lets younger children dress up like salmon or orca whales, color, or read story books.
School-Age Kids: Kids this age love the physical exhibits, like the brain case, where they'll see a whale brain next to a (much smaller) human brain.
- Go to the Whale Museum early in your visit. The museum is a great introduction to whales in general but also to the pods of whales who live near the islands. Follow it up with a whale watch cruise or a stop at Lime Kiln State Park, also known as "whale watch park."
Just the Facts
Hours: Daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fees: Under $10
Recommended Time: 1 to 2 hours