The Whale Museum

In the Pacific Northwest of the United States lives the Southern Resident Community of Orcas, an endangered population of orcas, sometimes known as “killer whales”.

The Whale Museum, located in beautiful Friday Harbor, Washington, opened to the public in 1979 as the first museum in the country devoted to a species living in the wild. Today, our museum continues to promote stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research.

Help support the whales and our mission by making a donation, adopting an orca, or becoming a member of The Whale Museum.

Or, simply pay us a visit. Our Gallery of Whales is a great way for individuals, students and families to receive a personal introduction to the whales of the Pacific Northwest. Purchase admission tickets online.

Please visit our Calendar page for Events and Programs. Follow us on Twitter or Like us on Facebook.

Hours and Admission

The Whale Museum Exhibit Hall and Gift Shop are open daily from 10 am. to 4 pm.


Admission prices are as follows for individuals:

  • General: $6.00
  • Seniors: $5.00
  • Students (age 5-18, or college student with ID): $3.00
  • Children under 5: FREE

Purchase tickets now!

For more information, or help planning your visit, send us an email or call us at 360-378-4710.ext. 30

Visit our Group Tours page for more information about guided and unguided tours for groups of 10 or more.


62 1st Street, Friday Harbor, WA 98250

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