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Totem Heritage Center

601 Deermount St, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6611
+1 907-225-5900
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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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601 Deermount St, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6611
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"free shuttle"
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"small museum"
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"on display"
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"native artifacts"
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"fish hatchery"
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"various stages"
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"creek street"
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"entrance fee"
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"city park"
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"historical information"
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"short visit"
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"answer questions"
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"tlingit and haida"
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"walking tour"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

You will see a few totems here and some which are being refurbished. When they fall down, they are redone

Thank xochitl
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We didn’t have time for Saxman Village, but we wanted to see totems. This little museum was close enough to walk from the port, and it was worth it. Lots of native Alaskan history as it relates to totems. We enjoyed it! However, I wish...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Only $6 per person and kids are free! Lots of artifacts and history to be learned. The staff is very helpful and incredibly nice people. It has a ramp and is accessable to everyone!

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Reviewed 13 April 2018

We visited Ketchikan while on a cruise. We took a free shuttle up to the Totem Heritage Center. It is a small building, located in the woods. As others have said, the admission fee is reasonable. When you see the amazing original totem poles that...More

1  Thank QueenMimi
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Reviewed 7 March 2018

Ketchikan was one of our ports of call on our cruise to Alaska last fall and we wanted to learn more about one of the icons of Alaska : the Totem Pole . We took the free shuttle at the port and it drove us...More

2  Thank belleretraite
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Reviewed 5 February 2018

The Heritage center is full of wonderful artifacts and some of the oldest Totem in Alaska, the staff is very knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions. It’s worth walking or catching the city bus which is free and it will let you off at...More

1  Thank oceana38
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Reviewed 18 December 2017

Visited the Totem Heritage Center during a rainy day in July. This building is small but has some very powerful items and lots of information regarding the history of Totem Poles. It was easy to get to via the bus system in Ketchikan. I'm very...More

1  Thank wiscomamacita
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Reviewed 3 November 2017

Do the Downtown Walking Tour, and going through the lovely City Park, you will find the Totem Heritage Center. Original, unrestored totem poles from Tlingit and Haida villages are on display. I was amazed at the intricacy of the carving. There is also a shuttle...More

2  Thank Kid_U_Not58
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Reviewed 15 October 2017

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

Thank Charles B
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Reviewed 14 October 2017

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

2  Thank Plymouthtraveller8
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s1rw
5 April 2018|
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Response from Kid_U_Not58 | Reviewed this property |
If you Google "Ketchican Walking Tour Map", you will find a free map which is easy to print out (or you can collect one from the Visitor Information Centre when you arrive). You will find a site called "Explore Ketchican... More
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vicd666
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
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Annette B
18 May 2015|
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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
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