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Whale, Sea Life and Shark Museum

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Address: Ellingson Street and Highway 101, Depoe Bay, OR
Phone Number: +1 541-912-6734
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Whale watching from the water instead of the shore is more exciting

the zodiac was comfortable, and even though the water was choppy, we did not feel seasick at all. Someone said it is because they don't use diesel fuel, so there isn't that awful... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
travellerfromatown
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Allentown, Pennsylvania

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

the zodiac was comfortable, and even though the water was choppy, we did not feel seasick at all. Someone said it is because they don't use diesel fuel, so there isn't that awful smell. We were on a raft that had seating for six people. Our captain was very informative and obviously knew a lot about whales and was very... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

This place isn't big, fancy, or new. They do have a friendly staff, and some interesting artifacts. Most people coming in are going on a whale watch. We weren't, but they told us we could get $ off if we come back to do this (save your receipt).

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Sonoita, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Small but has lots of interesting things to look at. Also ask to see the short movie that is available. Check out the whale tours available. Great family experience.

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Carrie and her team are great. This was a nice trip. The whale watch tour on the zodiacs lasted about an hour, and we saw plenty of gray whales. The museum itself is just a bonus. Highly recommend calling ahead of time and setting up a reservation if you want to go whale watching.

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Willamina, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

I took my 10 yr old grandson today to see the museum. I had previously taken two high school exchange students for the museum and the whale watching this last June. It was a hit for all ages and had a great time with both the older kids as well as with my grandson and husband.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

The Mrs. & I went whale watching. The tour we took was fantastic!!!!! A top Marine biologist is the curator or owner of the museum: Carrie Newell. We saw a 20 min film before the tour & she then came in & shared a bit more & also what to expect on the tour. The lady was worth the tour.... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

This was a nice exhibit to get education on the whales, sea life and sharks. The exhibits were nicely one. Free admission to anyone going on Carries Whale Tour.

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Cardston, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Wow this place was amazing !! The staff is very knowledgeable about whales for sure!! The museum is small but very interesting the gift shop is great lots of ocean stuff!! The actual tour was really well worth the $40 !! The tour guide was very well informed and we saw at least 8 different whales !! The zodiac was... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

My husband and I love the oregon coast in the winter with all its wind rain and storms. So we were driving along doing different attractions for fun and this is probably the worst one. It was very run down when we went. Looked as if some of the displays were just broken pieces and old bones randomly picked up... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

ideal short informative visit if you are interested in marine life in Depoe bay (and why else would you be there!) Carrie Newell a wonderful marine biologist who does great tours set he place up and has created a fascinating little museum which has some very nice exhibits

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