We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive

Open Now: 09:00 - 17:00
Open today: 09:00 - 17:00
Review Highlights
Two Museums in One

This is two museums in two different buildings which are included in the entrance fee. The main... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Lee L
Valhalla, New York
Excellent museum for Valdez history

This is actually two museums which are both well worth visiting. Excellent information on the town... read more

Reviewed 23 September 2018
Bend, Oregon
Read all 169 reviews
All photos (111)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good34%
  • Average6%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“gold rush”(15 reviews)
“oil spill”(45 reviews)
“local history”(10 reviews)
The Valdez Museum preserves and presents the heritage and culture of Valdez, the Copper River Basin, and Prince William Sound.
Open Now
Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
See all hours
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
217 Egan Dr, P. O. Box 8, Valdez, AK 99686-0008
+1 907-835-2764
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 21 January 2017

My wife and I enjoyed our morning visit to the museum during our two night stay at the Mountain Sky Hotel, Valdez as part of our escorted ‘Natural Wonders of Alaska’ tour with Titan Travel. This museum and archive occupies two sites in Valdez -...More

9  Thank Rhys J
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 9 November 2011

This was a cute little museum. It was a little scanty on the "history" but had a cool video about the oil spill and the other disasters in the area.

1  Thank Bbchen
Reviews (169)
Filter reviews
156 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews gold rush oil spill local history early settlers great earthquake second building worth the entrance fee early life bush pilots separate building gold mining great history early days spent several hours all ages worth a stop exhibits
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 156 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is two museums in two different buildings which are included in the entrance fee. The main museum has a bunch of exhibits on the history of Valdez. The main focuses were on the 1964 earthquake, pipeline and the Exxon Valdez oil spill. The second...More

Thank Lee L
Reviewed 23 September 2018

This is actually two museums which are both well worth visiting. Excellent information on the town of Valdez and its history, including early life there and the 1964 earthquake. The videos with recollections of the earthquake are fascinating, as are the exhibits on the oil...More

Thank AKTraveler50
Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

very good collection and very interesting video displays. Highly recommend the Old Valdez exposition.

Thank KatS493
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

My wife and I have seen a lot of museums on this 3 month trip to Alaska and we both agree that this is the best We were there about 2 hours and could have gone back and did 2 more hours. Everything was top...More

Thank bluedog1400
Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed this museum and learned so much about the Valdez area and its history lincluding the oil spill. Admission is inexpensive and I would allow more than an hour to tour. If you decide to read absolutely every word give yourself more time. Exhibits...More

1  Thank Sherry S
Reviewed 7 August 2018

This excellent museum has displays and something for all ages. They actually seem to make sure children are engaged. Plenty for adults to see about Valdez, the Good Friday earthquake, the gold rush, the Exxon Valdez. Very worthwhile for all. Reciprocal admission with NARM membership.

Thank jbwhitehouse
Reviewed 2 August 2018

My advice is to take the free tour of the Old Town of Valdez before viewing the museum for it will give you a much better understanding of everything you will see at the museum (which has two locations by the way). Very well organized,...More

1  Thank Mike5466
Reviewed 1 August 2018

We spent several hours here. It is full of information about the Gold Rush and the local history. Well laid out, lots of displays. We really enjoyed ourselves, would recommend to anyone!!

Thank Kathy G
Reviewed 29 July 2018

The museum may be small, but do not let that fool you - there is plenty to see and learn while visiting. The complex is actually two museums - not next to one another but close enough to see both in a short amount of...More

1  Thank Noel L
Reviewed 21 July 2018

The museum is in 2 parts. The main museum has exhibits and artifacts back to the original gold mining days. They have items from the Good Friday 1964 Earthquake and the story of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. The second part is a separate building...More

1  Thank Eric B
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 5 nearby hotels
Glacier Hotel
31 reviews
.10 km away
Keystone Hotel
105 reviews
.10 km away
Mountain Sky Hotel
225 reviews
.31 km away
Totem Hotel and Suites
160 reviews
.41 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 32 nearby restaurants
Old Town Burgers
343 reviews
.48 km away
Nat Shack
45 reviews
.54 km away
The Fat Mermaid
385 reviews
.41 km away
A Rogue's Garden
46 reviews
.20 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 43 nearby attractions
Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum
89 reviews
.52 km away
Dock Point Park & Trail
10 reviews
.52 km away
Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises
279 reviews
.38 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines