Alaska Native Heritage Center, Anchorage

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#2 of 9 in Historic Sites in Anchorage
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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  • We enjoyed visiting this place, the dances they performed, the information about the natives, the shop and stalls. Interesting place to visit.  more »
  • Nature beauty of Alaska is well-known! There is a extreme hard-work of native Alaskan to extend the human civilization in this part of the world. If you really want to know more about the native life-...  more »
  • We didn’t have enough time, and there is so much to see and learn at the Heritage Center. Despite rain, we went through the outdoor villages, met student guides, and scraped the surface of Alaskan Nat...  more »
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  • Absolutely gorgeous place to take your family, friends, I've gone with coworkers and recommend it to tourists from all over the world. No better institute for furthering our unquenchable thirst for knowledge of the diverse and rich cultures that I am proud to be a descendant of. Beautiful grounds that showcase various housing units, vegetation used throughout our history for medicinal purposes and diet. Highly knowledgeable staff that are always friendly, professional and full of answers to questions. Priceless videos, pictures and handcrafted artwork to feast one's eye upon. Always a pleasure to be able to attend events, such as those of dancers from any number of the state's tribes perform, or especially when traditional regalia and foods are present. A highly recommend you check out the Heritage Center, whether or not you're Alaskan or American Native, whether or not you're from Alaska or even the states.
  • Very interesting and knowledgeable workers there. The dancing and singing was awesome! The replicas of the houses they lived in were very cool too, it's like you're stepping into the past and walking into their world. I recommend the guided tour, just cause you learn so much more. My guide was Austin and he was great. He like the rest of the workers there are so happy to be part of sharing and informing everyone. Everyone did a great job!
  • Sorry we did not allow for more time here--they shooed us out at closing time. Impressive exhibits both indoors and outside. Very interesting presentations by natives at frequent intervals. We enjoyed the drumming and dancing, as well as storytelling. Allow a full day.
  • Alaska native heritage center is one of the best museums to go to in anchorage. They have a lot of interactive presentations to teach you more about the culture. As well as having houses, fish wheels, caches, etc from each major tribe in Alaska. It's the best way to learn about each tribe. Definitely recommend going.
  • This is a really great place to experience the amazing variety of cultures that exist in Alaska. They exhibits indoors and out are educational and interesting, but the people are really the highlight. The artisans are incredible and I wish I could have purchased something from each of them, just talking with them about their art and understanding the materials they use and the reasons for their art was a great experience. Don't miss the presentations in the main hall, the dancers we're excellent and the games and sports presentation was out of this world. This place is well worth a visit!

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