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Whale, Sea Life and Shark Museum

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Address: Ellingson Street and Highway 101, Depoe Bay, OR
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+1 541-912-6734

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FUN museum at very little cost, and WONDERFUL Zodiac whale tours!!!

The big attraction here is the Zodiac whale boat tours....They are WONDERFUL!!! Carrie has added a great little museum at a very small cost for all to enjoy. It is very worth... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Dian F

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The big attraction here is the Zodiac whale boat tours....They are WONDERFUL!!! Carrie has added a great little museum at a very small cost for all to enjoy. It is very worth going through, and helps to support all the wonderful effort Carrie has put into making Depoe Bay a bit more special! Great for kids and adults alike. Best... More 

Thank Dian F
Allentown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

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).

Thank Lynne K
Sonoita, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 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.

Thank John K
Olympia, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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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