Thank you for your interest in learning about The Whale Museum

As a response to the recent Governor’s Office announcement we will need to close our exhibit hall to visitors starting Tuesday, November 17th. This will be in effect until at least December 14th.
Our Gift Shop will remain open daily 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., following every rule put in place by the Health Department and Washington State in order to keep our staff, our customers, and this community healthy and safe.
Please be self-aware of any COVID-19 symptoms and delay your visit until you are healthy.
Some things that will be different:
• Our Exhibit Hall & Gallery are temporarily closed.
• A cloth face covering must be worn at all times during your visit, includes everyone over the age of 2.
• Social Distancing, must keep 6 feet of distance from all staff and other visitors.
• Limited Gift Shop capacity of 6 customers only.
• Restrooms will be unavailable to guests.
• Hand sanitizer will be available and we ask that you use it or provide your own.
• Additional Updated Protocols, staff will gladly explain during your visit.
Please check back with us for updates.

We could use a little help from our friends!

Several months of closure means that we are struggling financially, especially since we can't host our annual fundraisers this summer.

Since virtual meetings have become a part of all of our daily lives, we're offering background images to help you stand out in your next virtual meeting.

Make a $10 donation and we'll show our appreciation by sending you a background image as a free gift!

See all the current options here, we will be adding images in the future.

The Whale Museum Team
Please contact the administration office at 360-378-4710 or via email at 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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