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Totem Heritage Center, Ketchikan

History Museum · Historic Site
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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  • This museum has some of the oldest totems found in the area. they are beautifully displayed and photos are allowed. Docents can point out the details. No gift shop.  more »
  • this is a well presented museum offering an in depth education on the cultures and art of 3 coastal native inhabitants who originally populated this area. the exhibits were well shown and in very...  more »
  • Totem Heritage Center was very interesting and had many good displays. Most of the staff was helpful and knowledgeable.  more »
  • Nice quiet museum of old totem poles from local tribes. The walk to this place, from the Cruise terminal that runs along salmon creek is the best part. There are many spots where one can watch salmon in the right season Shopping along the boardwalks is very interesting.
  • Very good value for your money. $6 for adults and children 12 and under are free if I remember correctly. It's not a huge place and does not take long to go through, but you can learn a lot about totems in a very short amount of time.The staff is very friendly, knowledgeable and willing to answer all your questions.
  • Read. Learn. Remember these tribes and who was, is, and will always be here. It was informative and allows us all the priviledge to see a glimpse of the past. I could spend hours there. I only wish I had more time. It was a steal for $6 as I feel allowing us all to see these beautiful totems and artifact pieces of a tribes past is an honor in itself.
  • This place was amazing, very worth the walk from the pier! $6 for adults and free for kids 17 and under. This is everything you ever wanted to know about Totems in the region. It was very easy to get to and didn't take a long time.
  • This is such an amazing Museum with lots of great history. Enjoyed walkinh through and reading all about totems. Awesome staff ready to answer any questions.

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