May 10, 2024 - The Whale Museum Announces Transition in Leadership. Read the statement here.


The Whale Museum: promoting stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education & research

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 Southern Resident orcas 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.

Our current summer hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Friday through Monday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. (closed on some holidays and scheduled refurbishment and inventory dates). If you are planning on visiting the museum as a group, we do offer a schedule around our open hours. 

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