Hello and thank you for your interest in learning about The Whale Museum.
Following the guidance given by the State of Washington, The Whale Museum exhibit hall & gift shop will be temporarily closed to the public. All in-person programming for the near future will be canceled as a preventative measure to help slow the spread of COVID-19 through our community.

While there has been no evidence that any museum employee, volunteer or visitor has the virus, we are closing out of an abundance of caution and to do our part to help protect the public's health by implementing the state's recommendations to limit community interactions.

We are disappointed that we won't be able to welcome you to the museum during this time, but we are committed to trying to minimize the impact on our employees during this closure. As a nonprofit, these are not easy decisions, and we will be carefully considering our options and maximizing strategies to support our reopening. Please check back with us for updates.

Our online site (www.whalemuseum.org) for orca adoptions & shopping will remain open. We appreciate your patience and understanding and look forward to seeing you at The Whale Museum soon.

The Whale Museum Team
Please contact the administration office at 360-378-4710 or via email at info@whalemuseum.org with any questions.


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.

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