Alaska Native Heritage Center, Anchorage

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See life-sized simulated villages, native dances and arts, and immerse yourself in Alaskan culture, at Alaska Native Heritage Center. Tour exhibits that showcase totems, animal bones, clothes, boats, sleighs, and weapons. Visit the theater, the hall of cultures, and the gathering area, where activities and demonstrations take place. The village structures introduce you to the daily lives of the Alaskan people, and the surrounding wooded area represents the most typical climate and setting. Check out the cafe at the site, which has Alaska-inspired food like the reindeer hot dog. To visit Alaska Native Heritage Center on your trip to Anchorage, use our Anchorage trip planner .
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  • The center itself (the building) didn't hold our interest long but once we got outside and visited all the "villages" and talked to the young interns, we were gaga about this place. You will learn so ...  more »
  • This was included in our city tour. It was really interesting to see all of the living structures of the different tribes and how they adapted to the varied and harsh environments in Alaska. Walking i...  more »
  • We spent several hours at the Centre early on in our trip to Alaska. We felt that it captured much of the strong native Alaskan culture, including the oral tradition of passing on songs and stories fr...  more »
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  • The Alaska Native Heritage Center is a fantastic cultural museum. Though I hesitate to call it a museum and would feel it is more of an experience. The museum doesn't have many of the typical behind the glass exhibits you would expect, instead opting to have an outdoor "village" walk through experience. You get to see the types of homes the different Native peoples of Alaska lived in and get to see in each home the items from that culture. There are also regular shows and talks from folks of their lives and history and culture. All in all a great way to learn about the history and lived experience of Alaskan Natives. There are also small tables selling art and wares made by local native folks. My friend got a baleen bookmarked scrimshawed with her name and a picture of a whale.
  • Fun place to visit. Quite a few animals to see. You should walk around instead of driving. They didn't tell us when we arrived that they have a large parking area. Instead we saw a few small pull over areas to look at the moose. Go directly to the large area and walk. More enjoyable that way too.
  • Wow, what a great place to visit! My only regret was not arriving earlier that day, as we were there for 4 hours up until the time they closed at 5pm, but could have easily spent more time there. The dwellings on the property were a lot of fun to walk through, and I loved all of the tools and animal pelts that you could touch inside of them. I also loved all of the storytelling, music, and dancing in The Gathering Place. I will definitely come back here again the next time I'm in Anchorage!
  • Fantastic overview of indigenous tribe life and early Alaskan history. Take a guided tour! Dusty was fantastic. He is a descendent of well respected native family. Great information and education.
  • My wife and I absolutely loved our visit to the Heritage Center. The staff were very welcoming and eager to share their incredible knowledge of Native Alaskan culture. The frequent demonstrations helped make the experience engaging, especially the dance demonstrations. The grounds are a must see with five different Native Alaskan structure replicas. Inside each was a guide who shared more information about the engineering and artifacts inside. There are plenty of local crafts for purchase, in some cases from the artist themselves. We easily spent several hours here and could have stayed even longer!
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