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Totem Heritage Center

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Address: 601 Deermount St, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6611
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+1 907-225-5900
08:00 - 17:00
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The Totem Heritage Center was established in 1976 to house and preserve...

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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Very informative; nice stop when walking Ketchikan

We happened upon this on our self-guided afternoon walking tour. Since we'd been at Totem Bight park in the morning, seeing and learning more about history and uses of totem... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Saratoga, California
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Bridgewater, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The heritage center was very interesting and full of very historical information about local totem poles. We really enjoyed seeing REAL totem poles and not just replicas.

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Saratoga, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We happened upon this on our self-guided afternoon walking tour. Since we'd been at Totem Bight park in the morning, seeing and learning more about history and uses of totem poles, as well as some very old ones, completed the day.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were on a port stop on our cruise. We had been to Ketchikan before but had not done much of a walk around. This was an interesting museum with actual totem poles and history. The cost is minimal. Depending on how much reading you do you can spend as much time as you like.

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Interesting, scenic, easy to get to. It was a well laid out little museum that gave us an appreciate for the culture and history of the totem.

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Hazleton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Very cool place to travel. Really shows the history and heritage of Alaska. The totem pole outside the center is very large and is a good photo op. would visit here again

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Owned and operated by the City of Ketchikan Museum Department. If this museum is indicative of the quality of the Museum Department's locations, I am very sorry we did not have time to visit others. This is a collection of 19th century totem poles retried in the 1970s with the permission of Native elders. Due to deterioration, these are not... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

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

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

We stopped here on the official walk around the city. Fascinating stuff - we were quite absorbed by the history and the stories

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

This a good opportunity to see some original totem poles close to town. It is a short ride on the free town shuttle bus which also goes past the end of Creek St. We did the quick walk around but you could spend longer if you wanted to study the totems in depth. The staff are very helpful and are... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

I had a great time exploring the forest here. You can hike all over and explore the forest on some great trails. We also viewed salmon in the river, eagles and all types of flora. It was a fun way to spend the afternoon.

Thank Jack C

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