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Totem Heritage Center, Ketchikan

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The Totem Heritage Center is a museum operated by the City of Ketchikan in the U.S. state of Alaska.The Heritage Center houses one of the world's largest collections of unrestored 19th century totem poles. The poles were recovered from uninhabited Tlingit settlements on Village Island and Tongass Island, south of Ketchikan, as well as from the Haida village of Old Kasaan. The Center was founded in 1976 to preserve these totems and act as a cultural center. Sixteen of the museum's thirty-three totem poles are on permanent display, although the rest of the collection is available for research purposes.The Center also exhibits other Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian artifacts and art pieces, including work by world-famous Tlingit carver Nathan Jackson, and renowned Haida weaver Delores Churchill. In addition to functioning as a museum, the Totem Heritage Center preserves and promotes the traditional arts and crafts of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian peoples through a nationally-recognized program of art classes and other activities. Classes are held throughout the year, and the museum is open to visitors year-round, with extended hours during the summer.The location of the Totem Heritage Center was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (as "Alaska Totems") in 1971.
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  • It is idyllically situated on a river where salmon to their spawning grounds up drag Totem Heritage Center. The Center is small, but worth seeing. There, old, century-old totem poles are being renovated and obtain posterity. Panels first explain many events people a hundred years ago.
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  • Very informative and very interesting to the history of Alaska. Totally enjoyed reviewing all the totems and learning about the history of the totems and Alaska 
  • We stopped here on the official walk around the city. Fascinating stuff - we were quite absorbed by the history and the stories 
  • Wonderful staff share Ketchikan's rich native culture with visitors and locals. If you are looking to learn about totem poles and the native cultures of Southeast Alaska, this is the place to come.
  • It is a nice heritage site of Saxman in Katchikan.
  • Lovely seaside town - very nice and friendly people there.
  • Great quick stop to discover a lot about totems.
  • I thought it was a nice place to see. It was only $5 to get in, in addition I went across the street to see the Salmon Hatchery. At the Hatchery they also had 2 non flight, non release bald eagles.
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