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Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center

95 Sterling Hwy, Homer, AK 99603-7472
+1 907-235-6546
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Free and Informative

This is a free center that has a wonderful art gallery, a video biographic, and various historical... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Renee S
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Salem, Massachusetts
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Lovely!

My friend and I visited here twice now and love it! It's such a gem and has a lot of information... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Kalei J
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The Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center is a partnership between the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve. Built in 2003 as a resource for the community and visitors to Homer, Alaska, the building houses interpretive and interactive exhibits and displays describing the important work and research of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve.Located at 95 Sterling Highway, there are opportunities to enjoy the exhibit hall, informative videos, regular educational programming, and Ranger/Naturalist-led walks and presentations.The Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center is your window to the largest seabird refuge in the world, with all of the natural wonders of Kachemak Bay right outside its doors!
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  • Very good27%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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95 Sterling Hwy, Homer, AK 99603-7472
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+1 907-235-6546
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"aleutian islands"
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"great displays"
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"free museum"
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"national wildlife refuge"
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"short movie"
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"interactive displays"
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"walking trails"
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"sandhill cranes"
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"beluga slough"
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"a small gift shop"
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"beautiful building"
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"all ages"
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"sea life"
in 16 reviews
"bishops beach"
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"local wildlife"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a free center that has a wonderful art gallery, a video biographic, and various historical and science based exhibits that talk about the various archipelagos in Alaska and how they change and are affected. Super informational and easy to get to, as well...More

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Meghan B, Naturalist at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for coming to visit us!

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My friend and I visited here twice now and love it! It's such a gem and has a lot of information and exhibits to learn about the area/ alaska and the wildlife. We love to visit here and walk around to see everything and watch...More

Thank Kalei J
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Meghan B, Naturalist at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for stopping by!

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Wonderful exhibits, with staff willing to answer questions. If you've gone out to Lake Clark National Park, you can get your passport stamp here. They also have area maps and schedule informative talks.

Thank Laura H
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Meghan B, Naturalist at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for stopping by and for leaving comments! We're glad you had a great time!

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This Museum was recommended by the captain of our Wildlife tour. There are trails that lead to the ocean and bishop's Beach. There are two great movies that we saw today. There are exhibits about Alaska and life in Alaska. Free. Did I mention it's...More

Thank ECWashington
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Meghan B, Naturalist at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks so much for visiting and for your support!

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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a new facility on your way into town headed towards the spit. Set back a little from the road, its easy to miss the entrance but well worth the stop. The educational displays are really well done, but don't have the most recent...More

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Meghan B, Naturalist at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks so much for your comments and feedback! We are working on getting more recent data plugged in to our exhibits, and next time hopefully you can catch our ranger program on seabird monitoring and research in 2017-2018!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an amazing resource for marine and wildlife, as well as the historical background of the islands and their inhabitants.

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Meghan B, Naturalist at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for visiting!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped in and had a very nice time looking at all the different areas and learning lots about the ocean and Homer. From the visitors center you can take. Small hike and return back to the parking lot. It’s a nice place to stop...More

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Meghan B, Naturalist at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We learned a great deal about flora, fauna, wildlife, birds, fish, bear, sheep and moose i this beautiful facility. well worth a visit, plan a couple of hours to take it all in.

Thank Mary D
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Meghan B, Naturalist at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks so much for visiting!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very nice museum with particularly good information about the Japanese invasion of the Aleutian Islands in World War II. Definitely recommend a visit and stay for a Ranger Talk if you can.

Thank AZ40
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Meghan B, Naturalist at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for visiting and participating in our ranger programs!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The center is full of information about Alaskan culture, wildlife, ocean life and history The exhibits are very well done and many allow for an interactive experience

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Meghan B, Naturalist at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your comments and for visiting!

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Ar8075
27 June 2018|
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Response from Jack B | Reviewed this property |
No, there is no charge. They do appreciate, and deserve, donations.
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bolliwa
10 August 2017|
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Response from IOVC | Property representative |
Hi, it is not walking distance - it is about 6.5 miles from our visitor center to the pier. Sorry about that!
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bolliwa
10 August 2017|
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Response from IOVC | Property representative |
Hi, it is not walking distance - it is about 6.5 miles from our visitor center to the pier. Sorry about that!
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