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Tongass Historical Museum

629 Dock St, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6529
+1 907-225-5900
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Ketchikan was our first stop on our Alaska cruise and the Tongass Historical museum was our first... read more

Reviewed 13 April 2018
QueenMimi
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Cincinnati
Good value

This museum was small, with a single gallery, but there was an interesting selection of artefacts... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2017
Yorks-Rick-and-Sue
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629 Dock St, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6529
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Reviewed 13 April 2018

Ketchikan was our first stop on our Alaska cruise and the Tongass Historical museum was our first stop in Ketchikan. I was so glad that we stopped. It gave us a great introduction into the culture of the native people of the area.

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Reviewed 9 October 2017

This museum was small, with a single gallery, but there was an interesting selection of artefacts and the information boards were good. Well worth the minimal entrance fee.

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Reviewed 21 September 2017

This museum tells the history of First Nations and settlement in the area. Lots of artifacts and a small cinema showing informative shoes.

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Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

This museum has a selection of modern interpretations of native art as well as some historical pieces. You can take a break from the long walk back from the totem heritage museum and watch the Native American video in a comfortable seat. The museum was...More

Thank D J
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Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

Very small but well worth visiting. Excellent selection of Native American artifacts with complete explanations. Videos were well down as well. Better than spending entire time buying Chinese made crap.

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Reviewed 2 September 2017

Collection of artifacts from the original natives fishers village Nice commemoration of the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867

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Anita M, Manager at Tongass Historical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2017

Thanks for visiting the Tongass Historical Museum! We currently have "upholding balance", a temporary exhibition exploring Northwest Coast art over the century. With our main floor renovation now complete, we'll be opening our new permanent exhibition on Ketchikan's history and heritage in late April 2018.

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Reviewed 29 August 2017

We were drenched out of our planned excursion to take a float plane while in town so we were happy to be able to visit this small museum..... the one room was chock full and the film was informative..... not expensive, so worth the fee....

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Reviewed 7 August 2017

We had wanted to go to the Tongass National Park Museum but it was closed for a meeting this day. The museum entails only 1 room, filled with artifacts, art and written information There is another room with a video you can watch as well....More

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Anita M, Manager at Tongass Historical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2017

Thanks for visiting Ketchikan! To clarify, there is no Tongass National Park Museum. The nearest National Park is well north of Ketchikan. We do have a Tongass Historical Museum but it has been open daily since the end of April so I'm not sure which...More

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Reviewed 2 August 2017

It was very disappointing. Was hoping to see some of the original artifacts. Only saw modern reproductions and it was very limited. Had a video of someone doing a dance. Not in costume and it was being done in a dance studio. They do charge...More

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Anita M, Manager at Tongass Historical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2017

In fact there are many original artifacts currently on exhibit at the Tongass Historical Museum, including original cedar bark and spruce root baskets dating back to the early 1900s. What you refer to as "reproductions" are original art from over 80 Native artists with ties...More

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Reviewed 11 July 2017

My teen son and I both felt that the one room was worth the $3 entry. It was well-curated and one room chock full of artifacts and art. The juxtaposition was well executed and we enjoyed a solid half hour viewing it all. Photos are...More

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