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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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  • August 13, 2017
    My husband and I had extra time while in Ketchikan, so we paid $5 each to visit this heritage center. The items on display were fascinating, and the old photos were very interesting. The people workin...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Off the Carnival cruise ship to the Free Shuttle and a rainy day in Ketchikan we went to the Totem Heritage Center which was warm and dry with some very neat totem poles and history. The admission was...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Loved this place. Just a small centre but very well put together. Lots of information about the totems and the local history. It's just an easy 10 or 15 minutes still from Ketchikan town.  more »
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  • June 22, 2017
    We walked up from cruise port here seeing attractions along the way, and are happy to know that there are free shuttles transport from this location to port. Nice!
  • May 16, 2017
    Excellent. Good place to learn about history (as well as some fairy tales).
  • February 7, 2017
    Excellent stories to share and excellent staff. Great repository of First Nations history. Gem.
  • September 20, 2016
    They were closed when i got there, but the scenery and outside accessible information was worth it
  • September 28, 2016
    Wonderful place, meet the past. And peek into the future!!

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For a small city, Ketchikan boasts a surprisingly diverse array of accommodations. A downtown hotel is the best option for those who want to stay within walking distance of the city’s restaurants, bars, stores, and attractions, plus it offers proximity to the water. If you have access to a car, you can save a few dollars and enjoy some of Alaska's famous scenery by staying farther out of town. The area's selection of bed and breakfasts includes a number of quirky establishments full of character. The surrounding Tongass National Forest has a well-equipped campground and RV park.
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