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Totem Heritage Center

601 Deermount St, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6611
+1 907-225-5900
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lots of local history

wonderful local resource for totem making and history of those on site. easily walked to from town... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Charles B
An extremely interesting museum

There is a free shuttle bus which travels around Ketchikan at 20 minute intervals and this heritage... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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The Totem Heritage Center was established in 1976 to house and preserve endangered 19th century totem poles retrieved from uninhabited Tlingit and Haida village sites near Ketchikan and to preserve and promote Native artistic and cultural traditions through traditional classes. The Center is home to 33 authentic poles, numerous historic images, and Native art works. Educational and interpretive tours are available.
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  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
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601 Deermount St, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6611
+1 907-225-5900
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Reviewed 2 days ago

wonderful local resource for totem making and history of those on site. easily walked to from town center

Thank Charles B
Reviewed 3 days ago

There is a free shuttle bus which travels around Ketchikan at 20 minute intervals and this heritage centre is one of its stops. The centre is really a museum, with a significant number of authentic totem poles on display. Totem poles are not the only...More

Thank Plymouthtraveller8
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small museum with a lot crammed into it. Galleries give a good background to the purpose and history of totems, whilst other contain the artefacts themselves. You get a nice view of the salmon spawning outside as well, if it is the...More

Thank YorksRick
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a little bit of a walk to the cultural center from the port. The museum has some of the original totem poles from the area for preservation. It is interesting to be exposed to the culture and meaning of the symbols. If you...More

Thank Gail B
Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff are so friendly and willing to take time to answer all your questions. There are plaques that explain the history of the treasures displayed and the significance of the engravings on the poles. A worth while walk or free shuttle will also get...More

Thank Redcopper2009
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We wandered around town for the day and came across the Totem Heritage Center. We only viewed it from outside but was quite interesting.

Thank Terry F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the center while on a walking tour around Ketchikan. It will probably take about half an hour to visit. I gave it four stars only because it's small. Two employees were working the day we were there. Both were very young, helpful, and...More

Thank ec0minded
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are visit the city , you need to visit. You don't need a tour to do it, you just walk through the city and know more things in the route. You can take a free bus to bring you back to "downtown ".

Thank Miguel C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a nice small "museum" housing a number of unrestored totem poles. The interesting part is learning the history of the people from both an historical and cultural perspective. Who knew there was a "ridicule" pole ? However, they might have to be taken...More

Thank Bob L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's an easy, interesting walk from downtown to the Center, There's also a bus to ride if it rains. A local man gave us a thorough introduction to the tradition. Definitely worth visiting.

Thank Susan D
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8 July 2015|
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Response from Anita M | Property representative |
Glad that you're coming to visit Ketchikan! The Totem Heritage Center features original 19th century totem poles as well as contemporary Northwest Coast art. Admission is just $5/person. We have tour guides available to... More
Annette B
18 May 2015|
Response from Anita M | Property representative |
The easiest way to get to the Totem Heritage Center from the docks is to take the free downtown shuttle (look for the city bus that says "free shuttle"). The shuttle runs on a 30-minute loop and stops in front of the... More