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Simon Paneak Memorial Museum Physical location:
341 Mekiana Road
Mailing address:
PO 21085
Anaktuvuk Pass, AK 99721
Phone: 907.661.3413
Fax: 907.661.3414
Nunamiut Eskimo history and traditions; tools clothing; skin tent; caribou; hunting; fishing; trapping; trading. Guided tours, formal education programs for students; loan exhibits; special events. Educational materials, local Native crafts, gift items and other museum related items for sale in shop.

Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum 4721 Aircraft Drive
Anchorage, AK 99502
Phone: 248.5325
Fax: 248.6391

20 aircraft of various types including a 1928 Stearman C2B, a 1934 WACO YKC, a 1929 Travelair 6000B, a 1937 F-24-G, a 1937 Stinson SR9 "Gullwing," a 1943 Grumman Goose and a 1943 PBY 5A Catalina Canso. Exhibits include The Aleutian Campaign during WWII; Wiley Post and Will Rogers; the search for Carl Ben Eielson; historic polar flights and much more. A selection of historic aviation videos, pioneer pilots and their achievements is shown in the theater. Museum shop sells models, pins, clothing, stuffed animals, postcards, jewelry and other items relating to aviation. A flight simulator is included in the cost of admission.

Alaska Heritage Museum at Wells Fargo 301 W. Northern Lights Blvd.
Anchorage, AK. 99510

Featuring large collections of Alaskan Native artifacts and Alaskan fine art, the museum also highlights the history of Wells Fargo during the Alaskan Gold Rush.

Alaska Historical Society P.O. Box 100299
Anchorage AK 99510-0299
Tel: (907) 276-1596
Alaska Masonic Library and Museum

(Current closed. Will be relocating)

Physical location:
518 E. 14th (14th and Eagle)
Mailing address:
PO 200441
Anchorage, AK 99514-3413
Phone: 276.2665

Library / museum of books and objects associated with Freemasonry- its history and philosophy-with an emphasis on Freemasonry in Alaska. Some general Alaskana.

Alaska Museum of Natural History 201 N. Bragaw
Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone (907) 274-2400

Largest exhibits of rocks, minerals and exciting rare fossils in the state. Learn about North America's oldest duckbill dinosaur found in the local Talkeetna Mountains, as well as our major dinosaur discoveries of the 90s. Dioramas rich in ecology, large mammals and birds.

Alaska Native Heritage Center 8800 Heritage Center Drive
Anchorage, AK 99506
(907) 330-8000 - Phone
(800) 315-6608 - Toll Free
(907) 330-8030 - Fax

Striving to preserve the Native culture and heritage of the Alaskan people, the museum offers village exhibits, bringing to life the ways of the Aleut, Alutiiq, the Yup'ik and Qargi peoples.

Alaska State Trooper Museum Physical location:
245 W. Fifth Avenue
Mailing address:
PO 100280
Anchorage, AK. 99510-0280
Phone: 800-770-5050
Fax: 279.5054

The history of law enforcement in the Territory and State of Alaska is told in exhibits, memorabilia and photographs. A small gift shop is also located on the premises.

Anchorage Museum of History & Art 625 C Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone (907) 929-9200 tel
Fax (907) 929-9290 fax

Not only an art museum, the second floor gives visitors 15,000 square feet of Alaska history!. The exhibits are simply brimming with artifacts and displays devoted to the history of Alaska, the Aleuts, Eskimos and Indians, Learn about the gold rush, Russian settlement, WWII and the inception of Alaska as part of the United States.

Z. J. Loussac Public Library 3600 Denali Street
Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone (907) 343- 2975
This is where the genealogy society meets. Also the society provides volunteers in the library's gen. dept. on Wed's. Access available to Heritage Quest census records thru the library's on line site. WONDERFUL. Anybody with a library card can access the site on-line.
Anchorage Museum - Rasmuson Center 121 West 7th Avenue
Anchorage 99501
Phone: 343.4326
Fax: 343.6149
Exhibits and collections represent Alaska's Natives, state history, and Alaskan art. Spacious galleries house informative and educational exhibits of the permanent collection and temporary exhibits from around the world. Education-based programs include: classes, tours, lectures, performances, and films. Special exhibits, classes and events for children. Facilities include: museum shop, cafe, library and archives. Accredited by the American Association of Museums.

Crow Creek Mine Crow Creek Mine
P.O. Box 113
Girdwood, AK 99587
Phone (907) 229-3105
Search for gold nuggets in a well-known gold mine which has produced over 45,000 ounces of gold! Try you luck, pan for gold and learn what the work of a miner was like during the gold rush days of Alaska. Location is on Seward Highway about one hour south of Anchorage, Alaska.

Eklutna Historical Park and Museum 16515 Centerfield Drive
Suite 201
Eagle River AK 99577

Oscar Anderson House Museum

420 M Street
Anchorage, AK. 99501
(907) 274-2336

Built in 1915 by Oscar Anderson (the city butcher), this was the first permanent frame home in Anchorage. Anchorage's only house museum (c. 1915), located adjacent to the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail with a sweeping vista of Cook Inlet. During guided tours, visitors will learn about the early history of Anchorage (Tent City, the Alaska Railroad, the land auction) and about Oscar Anderson, a Swedish immigrant and Anchorage pioneer and businessman, and his family. One of the city's first privately built permanent family residences, the small wood frame house has been restored to the 1915-1925 time period and contains many original fixtures and items belonging to the Anderson family, including a 1909 Hallet and Davis player piano.

Russian Orthodox Museum 605 A Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: 907.276.7257
Fax: 907.274.7257

Objects representing history of the Russian Orthodox Church in Alaska.

Circle Historical Museum Physical location:
Mile 128 Steese Highway
Mailing address:
PO 30189
Central, AK 99730
Phone/Fax: 907.520.5312

Mining equipment, gold display; artifacts from the local area; restored and fully outfitted miner's cabin; wildflower display.

George Ashby Memorial Museum
Copper Valley Historical Society
Physical location:
Mile 101 Old Richardson Highway
Copper Center Loop Road
Mailing address:
PO 84
Copper Center, AK 99573
Phone: 907-822-3922

Housed in rustic log cabins, the museum offers the visitor a unique look at the varied past of the Copper River Valley area. Exhibits include early mining of gold and copper, and Russian artifacts.

Cordova Historical Museum

Centennial Building
622 First Street
Cordova, AK

PO Box 391
Cordova, AK

The theme of the museum, "Where Cultures Meet" exemplifies the diversity of material in the collection. Displays tell of early explorers to the area, the Native culture, Copper River Northwestern Railway/Kennicott Mine era, and the growth of the commercial fishing industry. A small gift shop operated by the Cordova Historical Society features books of local interest and other items. Monthly evening programs are sponsored by the Historical Society.

Ilanka Cultural Center, Museum, and Gift Gallery Physical location:
110 Nicholoff Way
Mailing address:
PO 322
Cordova, AK 99574
Phone: 907.424.7903
Fax: 907.424.3018

Historical and contemporary exhibits of the Native peoples and cultures of the Copper River and Prince William Sound area. Orca whale skeleton articulation; contemporary "subsistence" totem. Store.

Alaska Homestead and Historical Museum Physical location:
Mile 1415.4 Alaska Highway
1 mile south on Darshorst Rd.
Mailing address:
PO 389
Delta Junction, AK 99737
Phone: 907.895.4431

Tour of an Alaskan homestead. Includes a tour of the homestead log house, green house and gardens, visiting an authentic Alaska freight dog team, having a look around the barns, corrals and out buildings, viewing livestock and an authentic operating sawmill that furnishes all the lumber used on the homestead. Also view a large selection of historical farming and mining equipment.

Delta Historical Society PO 1089
Delta Junction, AK 99737
Provides exhibits at Rika's Roadhouse and Sullivan Roadhouse
Rika's Roadhouse and Landing Physical location:
Big Delta State Historical Park
Mile 275 Richardson Highway
Mailing address:
PO 1229
Delta Junction, AK 99737
Phone: 907.895.4201
Fax: 907.895.4188

Rika's Roadhouse and Landing is in a ten-acre state park on the shores of the Tanana River. The Valdez-to-Fairbanks Trail ran through here and continued across the river, aided by a ferry. The roadhouse was built to accommodate the travelers and is a National Historic Site. The museum is a separate building behind the roadhouse and has displays of artifacts from the Alaskan life. There is a beautiful barn and two other historic display cabins set up to show how the military lived as they put in a telegraph line through here which opened up communication to Washington for the first time.

Sullivan Roadhouse Historical Museum Physical location:
Mile 266 Richardson Hwy
Delta Junction, AK
Mailing address:
PO 987
Delta Junction, AK 99737
Phone: 907.895.5068 or
Fax: 907.895.5141

The Sullivan Roadhouse Historical Museum is housed in the oldest roadhouse in the interior of Alaska and is located in the heart of Delta Junction at the End of the Alaska Highway. Built in 1905 by John and Florence Sullivan, the log lodge now houses a museum that focuses on the Valdez-Fairbanks Trail and the roadhouses that operated along its route. Beautifully recreated rooms, as well as interpretive exhibits give our visitors a real feel for life in turn of the century Alaska. Outside, one can enjoy a garden exploding with colorful wildflowers, a traditional vegetable garden/potato patch and interpretive pathways. Located across from the Delta Visitor Center, the Sullivan is a great stop along the trail of Alaska's history.

Eagle Historical Society and Museums Physical location:
Eagle's Historic District
Mailing address:
PO 23
Eagle City, AK 99738
Phone/Fax: 907.547.2325
Exhibits in six restored historic buildings dating from the end of the 19th century: James Wickersham's first Courthouse, U.S. Custom House, the Improved Order of Red Men Lodge and three Fort Egbert buildings, all with period furnishings. Displays with photographs on the Gold Rush town, military fort and commercial center with judicial, communication, transportation, construction, agriculture, mining, pioneer activities and social organizations, schools, military, customs and Han Indian exhibits. All are located in the Eagle Historic District which is a National Historic Landmark. Museum gift shop offers books, items and crafts of the local area. Historic and current videos are shown weekly. Large archives and photograph collection available to the public. Videos and lectures are scheduled weekly, June through August.

Elfin Cove Museum PO 36
Elfin Cove, AK 99825
Phone: 907.239.2222
Fax: 907.239.2224

Beginning collection of local artifacts and history.

Fairbanks Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 60534
Fairbanks, AK 99706
Fairbanks Community Museum Physical location:
5th & Cushman in Old City Hall
Mailing address:
410 Cushman
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Phone: 907.457.3669

This museum tells of the history of Fairbanks and was founded to help revitalize the downtown area. Features interpretive displays, period artifacts, newspapers, archival photos, extensive dog mushing memorabilia, and the official Yukon Quest store.

Pioneer Air Museum Physical location:
Pioneer Park
2300 Airport Way
Mailing address:
PO 70437
Fairbanks, AK 99707-0437
Phone: 907.451.0037 or

Discover the birthplace of Alaska aviation-16 aircraft, 41 engines, 50 years of aviation radio history; miscellaneous memorabilia of Interior and Arctic Alaska aviation history including the remains of Carl Ben Eielson's Hamilton aircraft, pictures and WWII artifacts. Operated by the Interior & Arctic Alaska Aeronautical Foundation. Museum shop sells books, pins, post cards, and shirts.

Museum of the North at University of Alaska.
Physical address:
907 Yukon Drive
Mailing address:
PO 756960
Fairbanks, AK 99775-6960
Phone: 907.474.7505
Fax: 907.474.5469
The art exhibits include ivory carvings, Alaska Native arts and artifacts, paintings and sculpture. Other exhibits help visitors understand the peoples and history of each region of Alaska.
Pioneer Museum in Pioneer Park Physical location:
Pioneer Park
2300 Airport Way
Mailing address:
PO 70176
Fairbanks, AK 99707-0176
Phone: 907.456.8579

Pioneer Museum displays historical collections of photos and artifacts of Fairbanks and the Fairbanks mining district from its beginnings in 1902 and early days through World War II. The show, "The Big Stampede" portrays the Gold Rushes to the Klondike and to Fairbanks. It comes alive through the brush of Fairbanks' and Alaska's premiere artist, C. "Rusty" Heurlin. It is dramatically lit as one progresses through history, guided by the descriptive narrative of Alaska Poet Laureate Ruben Gaines.

Wickersham House Museum Physical location: Pioneer Park
Airport Way
Mailing address:
PO 71336
Fairbanks, AK 99707
Phone: 907.455.8947
(unreliable during the winter)

A small house museum, dedicated to the life and times of Judge James Wickersham and his familyduring the years 1900-1910. House, furnishings and decor are authentic to the time period and to the Wickersham family.

Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center
Physical location:
11 Main Street
Mailing address:
PO 269
Haines, AK 99827
Phone: 907.766.2366
Fax: 907.766.2368
The Sheldon Museum is the museum of the Chilkat Valley. Experience the art and culture of the Tlingit people. Re-live pioneer days, explore the gold rush, the Dalton Trail and life at Fort William H. Seward. The museum store has a large selection of local and Alaskan books.
Alaska Indian Arts Physical location:
#24 Fort Seward Drive or
Historic #13
Mailing address:
PO 271
Haines, AK 99827
Phone: 907.766.2160

Totem carving, silkscreen and silver carving with Native artists; Tlingit artifacts; rare book collection. Products for sale include carvings, silkscreens and books.

American Bald Eagle Foundation Physical location:
113 Haines Hwy.
Mailing address:
PO 49, Haines, AK 99827
Phone: 907.766.3094
Fax: 907.766.3095

Natural History displays feature over 150 specimens of wildlife found in the local Chilkat Valley and its surrounding waters. Dioramas present wildlife in their native habitats. Video presentation of the world famous Chilkat Valley "Gathering of Eagles." Interpretive talks, gift shop, rest rooms.

Hammer Museum Physical location:
108 Main Street
Mailing address:
PO 702
Haines, AK 99827
Phone: 907.766.2374

A collection of approximately 1400 types of hammers, representing many different trades and uses, housed in a cottage-style house. The Hammer Museum provides a journey into the past through the use of man's first tool. From ancient times to the present, the hammer tells the story of man's progress and ingenuity. A unique adventure for the whole family.

Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center 95 Sterling Highway
Homer, AK 99603
Phone: 907.235.6961

A marine wildlife-oriented visitor, education and research complex supported by several government agencies. Situated on a 60 acre hillside site overlooking Kachemak Bay with a 5,000 square foot exhibit hall, auditorium, book store, and nature trails.

Pratt Museum / Homer Society of Natural History 3779 Bartlett Street
Homer, AK 99603
Phone: 907.235.8635
Fax: 907.235.2764

The museum focuses on the natural and cultural history of the Kenai Peninsula. Exhibits include artifacts from the area's earliest Native inhabitants to homesteaders of the '30s & '40s. Excellent aquariums and a tide-pool tank feature live Kachemak Bay sea creatures. Visitors may operate remotely controlled cameras to view Alaska seabirds on inaccessible islands. Also exhibited are Alaska birds and mammals including complete skeletons of a Bering Sea beaked whale, Beluga whale and Steller's sea lion. Changing exhibits feature Alaska artwork and other topics of special interest. Summer visitors may take a self-guided tour through the botanical garden and the Forest Ecology Trail and visit the historic Harrington Homestead cabin. The Museum Store features books, educational toys, native crafts and Alaska collectibles. Accredited by the American Association of Museums.

Hope-Sunrise Historical and Mining Museum Physical location:
Across from post office
Mailing address:
PO 88
Hope, AK 99605
Phone: 907.782.3740 during summer
or 907-782-3115 in winter

The Hope-Sunrise Historical and Mining Museum exhibits photographs and artifacts of the Turnagain Arm Gold Rush of 1896 and the years since. Displays include a road grader, dog sled, rock crusher, blacksmith bellows and postal boxes. In addition to the log museum building there is a mine bunkhouse and a blacksmith shop.

Hyder Community Association Physical location:
Main Street, adjacent to Forest
Service office and public library.
Mailing address:
PO 149, Hyder, AK 99923
Phone: 907.636.9148
Fax: 907.636.9148
A small museum with historical artifacts and photos and a nice collection of local wildlife.
Alaska State Archives PO Box 110525
141 Willoughby Avenue
Juneau, AK 99811-0525
Phone 907.465.2270
Fax: 907.465.2465
Alaska State Museum 395 Whittier Street
Juneau, AK 99801-1718
Fax: 907.465.2976

Established in 1900, the Museum collects, exhibits, and interprets the human and natural history of Alaska. The Museum features a full-size bald eagle nesting tree and extensive ethnographic exhibits on the cultures of Alaska's Native people. Two galleries offer changing exhibits. Docent tours scheduled throughout the summer. Arboretum on grounds features Alaska plants. The Museum provides statewide museum services and assists in the development of the state's cultural and historic resources. The Museum Store, operated by the Friends of the Alaska State Museum, offers a wide array of Native arts, publications, and educational materials. Accredited by the American Association of Museums.
Juneau-Douglas City Museum Mailing Address:
155 South Seward Street
Juneau, Alaska 99801

Physical Location:
corner of 4th and Main Street
(907) 586-3572

Exhibits and videos feature early Juneau life and gold mining history. Large relief map of Juneau, 500-700 year-old basketry-style fish trap, visitor information, historic downtown Juneau guide, and museum shop available. Art exhibits featuring local artists change Oct-April, local history exhibits change throughout the year.

Gastineau Channel Historical Society
PO Box 21264
Juneau, AK 99802
Phone: 907-586-5338
History of Juneau Online  
Last Chance Mining Museum

PO Box 21264
Juneau AK 99802
(907) 586-5338

Located in the historic compressor building associated with the former Alaska Juneau Gold Mining Company which operated in Juneau from 1912 until 1944. The museum features one of the world's largest air compressors and other industrial artifacts associated with hard rock gold mining. The site also includes electric locomotives and rail cars which hauled men to the mine and ore to the mill. Access to the museum is via a short hike up the hill on a trail of uneven terrain-well worth the effort. Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Alaska Gold Rush Properties.

Alaska Historical Collections
Alaska State Library
Mailing Address:
PO Box 110571
Juneau, Alaska 99811-0571
Physical Location:
8th Floor State Office Building
333 Willoughby Ave.
Juneau, Alaska
Phone: 907.465.2925
Fax: 907.465.2990

Egan Library - University of Alaska Southeast 11120 Glacier Hwy (BE1)
Juneau, AK 99801
Circulation: 796-6300
Reference: 796-6502
Toll Free: 877-796-6502
Fax: 907-796-6302
Sealaska Heritage Institute One Sealaska Plaza, Suite 301
Juneau, Alaska 99801
Phone (907) 463-4844
Fax (907) 586-9293

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) is a regional Native nonprofit organization founded for the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people of Southeast Alaska. SHI was established in 1981 by Sealaska Corp., a for-profit company formed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA).
House of Wickersham Physical location:
213 7th Street
Mailing address:
400 Willoughby Ave.
Juneau, AK 99801
Phone: 907.586.9001 or 907.465-2453
Historic home of Judge James Wickersham, first Alaska territorial delegate to Congress, Gold Rush judge, proponent of "home rule" and noted historian. Wickersham family heirlooms and Native arts and crafts, furniture, concert square piano.

Kenai Totem Tracers Genealogical Society Box 4380
Kenai, AK 99611
K'beq Interpretive Site Physical location: mile
52.6 Sterling Highway
Mailing address:
110 North Willow
Kenai, AK 99611
Phone: 907.283.3633
Cultural program of Kenaitze Indian Tribe. Dena'ina history and culture through archaeological sites and interpretation. Gift store.

Kenaitze Indian Tribe: Ts'itsana Center / Tribal Archives Physical address:
10 North Willow
Kenai, AK 99611
Mailing address:
PO 988
Kenai, Ak 99611
Phone: 907.283.3633

Archives for the Kenaitze Indian Tribe, over 600 items reflecting Kenaitze Dena'ina culture, tradition, and history. Extensive collection of Dena'ina language videos, tapes, and documentation. Open to the general public for educational purposes.

Kenai Visitors & Cultural Center Physical location:
11471 Kenai Spur Highway
Kenai, AK 99611
Phone: 907.283.1991
Fax: 907.283.2230

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center was built in commemoration of Kenai's 200th anniversary. The facility houses all the displays and exhibits from the Ft. Kenay Museum (which is now closed), a visitor center and an audio-visual room which shows movies about Alaska. The museum features Athabaskan, Aleut & Russian cultural exhibits, homesteading, mining, commercial fishing, and oil industry history displays, and a nature room. Shop carries products relating to local area.

Genealogical Society of S.E. Alaska P.O. Box 6313
Ketchikan, AK 99901

Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, USDA Forest Service 50 Main Street
Ketchikan, AK 99901
Phone: 907.228.6220
Fax: 907.228.6234

Experience world-class exhibits and audiovisual programs. Discover Tsimshian, Haida and Tlingit totem poles, the rainforest room, a Native fish camp scene, and exhibits on Southeast Alaska's ecosystems, fishing, mining, timber and tourism. Located one block from the cruise ship dock in downtown Ketchikan.

Tongass Historical Museum 629 Dock Street
Ketchikan, AK 99901
Phone: 907.225.5600
Fax: 907.225.5602

The varied and colorful history of Alaska's feisty "First City" unfolds at the Tongass Historical Museum. Discover Ketchikan as Native fish camp, gold and copper mining center, fishing port, timber town, salmon capital, transportation hub, and lively community. Changing exhibits. Located downtown at the North end of historic Creek Street.

Totem Heritage Center Physical location:
601 Deermont Street
Mailing address:
629 Dock Street
Ketchikan, AK 99901
Phone: 907.225.5900
Fax: 907.225.5901

Visitors to the Totem Heritage Center are awed by a world-renowned collection of original, unrestored 19th century totem poles, retrieved from abandoned Native villages near Ketchikan. Additional exhibits illuminate the rich culture of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people of Southeast Alaska. Located on Ketchikan Creek, across from the Tribal Hatchery and Eagle Center.

Duncan Cottage Museum Physical location:
Tait Street
Mailing address:
PO 8
Metlakatla, AK 99926
Phone: 907.886.8687 ex. 232
Fax: 907.886.4436

Home built in 1891 for Anglican Missionary William Duncan of Beverly, England. Exhibits include personal possessions, antique phonographs, furniture, telephones, Tsimshian bentwood box, ceremonial drum, book collection on Alaska territorial law, educational and religious magazines. Also, photographs of life in Metlakatla, British Columbia, on through migration to Metlakatla, Alaska, and pictorial display of history of William Duncan's life accomplishments. Guided tours available.

Clausen Memorial Museum Physical location:
203 Fram Street
Mailing address:
PO 708
Petersburg, AK 99833
Phone: 907.772.3598 .

Clausen Memorial Museum assists you as you explore the beauty and bounty of the Stikine River delta, Coastal mountain glaciers and the Mitkof, Kupreanof and mainland areas. Logging and fishing for salmon, halibut, black cod, crab, shrimp and more are just some of the attractions that have drawn hard-working people to make a living in this area for at least two thousand years. Find out how to catch a halibut, rig a long-line, peel a shrimp, harvest a forest, set a fish trap, make lutefisk and clean a salmon. Enjoy a trip to the past and see cannery equipment, the Cape Decision light lens, a Tlingit canoe, the Fisk sculpture, the world's largest mounted king salmon and much more. Special programs for adults and children are presented during the year. The museum shop, and easy access to parking, rest rooms and exhibit areas are provided.

Seward Genealogical Society
c/o Seward Community Library
Box 537
Seward, AK 99664
Alaska SeaLife Center Physical location:
301 Railway Avenue
Mailing address:
PO 1329
Seward, AK 99664
Phone: 800.224.2525 or
Fax: 907.224.6320

The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is dedicated to understanding and maintaining the integrity of the marine ecosystem of Alaska through research, rehabilitation and public education. The ASLC offers visitors unique wildlife viewing experiences and exciting opportunities to learn first-hand about ongoing marine research. Come face-to-face with a variety of marine animals and sink your hands into our touch tank. Interact with researchers and their knowledgeable assistants during daily interpretive programs. The ASLC is perched above spectacular Resurrection Bay in Seward, Alaska, approximately 125 miles south of Anchorage. Gift shop and restaurant on site.

Chugach Museum and Institute of History and Art Physical location:
Orca Building,
Third and Washington St.
Seward, AK 99664
Mailing Address:
560 East 34th Ave.
Anchorage, AK 99503-4196
Phone: 907.563.8866
Fax: 907.563.8402

A joint, non-profit venture between Chugachmiut and the Chugach Alaska Corporation / Chugach Heritage Foundation, this is the only museum dedicated solely to the history and culture of the Native peoples of the Chugach Region. It is a regional repository whose purpose is to promote the restoration, preservation and display of archaeological resources, artwork and other items of cultural and historic significance to Chugach Native peoples, and for related educational and cultural purposes.

Resurrection Bay Historical Society / Seward Museum Physical location:
336 3rd Avenue
Mailing address:
PO Box 55
Seward, AK 99664-0055
Phone/Fax: 907.224.3902

The museum presents the chief events of Seward's history through photographs, artifacts and documents. There is also a fine collection of Native baskets and ivory carvings on display. During the summer there are evening programs consisting of two slide shows: The History of Seward and The History of the Iditarod Trail. A special open house is held every August 28 in honor of the founding of Seward in 1903. Museum shop carries books by local authors and other items relating to local area.

Sheldon Jackson Museum 104 College Drive
Sitka, AK 99835
Phone: 907.747.8981
fax: 907.747.3004

Dr. Sheldon Jackson, museum founder, had the distinction of serving in three pioneer fields during the late 1800s, founding Protestant missions and schools, establishing the public school system, and introducing domestic reindeer. In his travels he reached many sections of Alaska, as well as the coast of Siberia, gathering the majority of the artifacts now seen in the museum. Located on the campus of Sheldon Jackson College, the museum was established in 1888 to preserve the natural and cultural history of Alaska. The building, listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, was constructed in 1895 and is the oldest concrete building in the state. Since 1984, it has been one of the Alaska State Museums. The Museum Shop carries Alaska Native handicrafts, arts, carvings, baskets, dolls, and silver, as well as publications and graphics relating to the collections.

Sitka Historical Society and Museum 330 Harbor Drive
Sitka, AK 99835
Phone: 907.747.6455
Fax: 907.747.6588

Make the Isabel Miller Museum, in the Centennial Building, your first stop, as Sitka's history unfolds here. Packed with displays, photographs and artifacts, the museum provides a perspective for almost everything one sees during a visit. One of the first things visitors notice is a scale model of Sitka circa 1867, the time of the transfer of Alaska from Russia to the U.S. Exhibits include the legacy of WWII. Ever wonder how Sitkans: Tlingit, Russian and early American, lived during the last thousand, hundred or ten years? It's here. An attractive gift shop offers many exclusives and a collection of Tlingit, Russian and local hand-crafted items related to collections.

Sitka National Historical Park Physical location:
Visitor Center:
106 Metlakatla Street
Russian Bishop's House:
Lincoln Street
Mailing address:
103 Monastery Street
Sitka, AK 99835
Phone: 907.747.6281
Fax: 907.747.5938

The museum collection includes Tlingit ethnographic items, Tlingit and Haida totem poles, Russian American historical and archaeological collections, historical photographs, archives and herbarium specimens. The park's Visitor's Center features exhibits on Tlingit culture, and a slide program on the 1804 "Battle of Sitka." A wing of the Visitor Center houses the Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center, Inc., an independent organization of Tlingit artists who demonstrate and teach traditional wood and silver carving, (see below). An extensive collection of historic Tlingit and Haida totem poles, originally brought to Sitka by Alaska's first territorial governor, border the park trail along Sitka Sound. Also within park grounds is the site where Kiksadi Tlingit fought the Russians in 1804, before establishing Sitka as capital of Russian America. The Russian Bishop's House, a National Historic Landmark in th e care of Sitka National Historical Park, is one of four original Russian structures remaining in North America. Exhibits on its first floor interpret Russian American fur trade in Alaska, and the roles of the Russian American Company and Russian Orthodox Church. Located in downtown Sitka on Lincoln Street, the house's second floor is restored to its 1850s' appearance with original and period furnishings.

Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center 106 Metlakatla Street
Suite C
Sitka, AK 99835
Phone: 907.747.8061
Fax: 907.747.8189
Studios 907.747.8122.

SEAICC provides a program of Northwest Coast art demonstrations and cultural interpretation in three studios- wood, metals and fiber arts. During the winter we offer instruction in N.W. Coast art media. We have displays of student art and special exhibits year round. SEIACC also sponsors special projects and collaborates with other regional organizations.

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Physical location:
Second & Broadway
Mailing address:
PO 517
Skagway, AK 99840
Phone: 907.983.2921
Fax: 907.983.9249

Housed in the circa 1898 White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad Depot, the historic Moore house and the Mascot Saloon. Collections consist of over 200,000 archaeology artifacts associated with the Klondike gold rush and 3,000 copies of historic photographs of the gold rush period. Library and 100-seat auditorium. Guided tours, interpretive programs, films and permanent exhibitions.

Skagway Museum and Archives Physical location:
700 Spring Street
in the Historic District.
Mailing address:
PO 521
Skagway, AK 99840
Phone: 907.983.2420
Fax: 907.983.3420

Skagway's unique history as a vital transportation corridor and gateway to interior Alaska and the Yukon is portrayed in the artifacts, photographs and historical records of the past century exhibited in the McCabe College Building. On display are a Tlingit canoe, a Portland Cutter sleigh, Bering Sea kayaks, a WP&YR locomotive and caboose, and a 1931 Ford AA truck. Also exhibited are supplies, tools and gambling equipment used in the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898 and an Alaska Native heritage collection of baskets, beadwork and carvings.

Soldotna Historical Society and Museum Physical location:
461 Centennial Park Road
Mailing address:
PO 1986
Soldotna, AK 99669
Phone: 907-262-3832
Homesteaders' village; wildlife displays; Native artifacts; and lectures by appointment.
Talkeetna Historical Society Physical location:
Corner of First Alley & Village Airstrip
Mailing address:
PO Box 76
Talkeetna, AK 99676
Phone: 907.733.2487
Fax: 907.733.2484

History of Talkeetna including mining, railroad and flying. A 12-foot by 12-foot scale model of Mt. McKinley with photographs. Also mountain climbing displays.

Trapper Creek Museum Physical location:
Mile .75 west of Parks Highway
on Petersville Road
Mailing address:
PO Box 13011
Trapper Creek, AK 99683
Phone: 907.733.2557

The museum highlights the history of Trapper Creek, Cache Creek Mining District and Petersville Road. Displays include maps, pictures and artifacts reflecting the Gold Rush. The Trapper Creek area was settled in 1959 by a caravan of people who traveled from Michigan. Commonly referred to as the "59ers," those who stayed settled and homesteaded in Trapper Creek. They were solely dependent on the railroad for transportation, which meant crossing the Susitna River to reach the tracks. It was not until the mid-1970s that the community became linked to the Parks Highway

Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum (formerly the Alaska Cultural Center) Physical location:
303 Lowe Street
adjacent to Prince William Sound Community College
Mailing address:
PO Box 97
Valdez, AK 99686
Phone: 907.834.1690
Fax: 907.835.8933

The Maxine and Jesse Whitney Museum has one of the world's largest collections of Native Alaskan art and artifacts. Displays include Trophy Class Taxidermy mounts, Native Alaskan dolls, beadwork, baskets, masks, archaeological artifacts, and a large collection of ivory carvings and tools.

Valdez Museum and Historical Archive Physical location:
217 Egan Drive
Mailing address:
PO 8
Valdez, AK 99686-0008
Phone: 907.835.2764
Fax: 907.835.5800

The museum portrays the community's unique and colorful history from European exploration in the 1700s to contemporary oil transportation. Permanent exhibits are accented by temporary exhibitions of arts and crafts. Major artifacts include a 19th century Fresnel Lighthouse Lens, a beautifully restored 1907 Ahrens "Continental" steam fire engine and a companion 1880s Gleason & Bailey hand-pumped fire engine, saltwater aquariums with the marine life of Port Valdez, a Civil War-era cannon, an ornate turn-of-the-century saloon bar, and much gold rush material. Other exhibits depict the effects of the 1964 earthquake and the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill on this small Prince William Sound community.

Dorothy Page Museum and Old Wasilla Townsite Park 323 North Main Street
Wasilla, AK 99654
Phone: 907.373.9071
Fax: 907.373.9072

Regional history of mining, farming, Alaska Native and natural history; and historic buildings. Much of the collection is owned by the Wasilla-Knik-Willow Creek Historical Society.

Knik Museum Physical location:
Mile 13.9 Knik Road
Mailing address:
300 N. Boundary Street
Suite B
Wasilla, AK 99654
Phone: 907.376.2005
Fax: 907.373.9072

Located on the world-famous Iditarod Trail and housed in one of the two remaining buildings from Knik's original townsite, the Knik Museum features the Sled Dog Musher's Hall of Fame on the second floor. The museum building was previously used as a pool hall and roadhouse, and now contains a collection of clothing, dishes, furniture and artifacts from Knik's earlier days. Operated by the Wasilla-Knik-Willow Creek Historical Society.

Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry Physical location:
Mile 47, Parks Highway on Museum Drive
Mailing address:
PO 870646
Wasilla, AK 99687
Phone: 907.376.1211
Fax: 907.376.3082

More than 200 major artifacts include aircraft, construction and mining equipment, tractors and farm machinery, fishing boats, railroad locomotives and road vehicles. From manpower through the steam age, to modern aviation, descriptive signs let the machines tell the story of Alaska's development. An exhibit on Alaska's many railroads is housed in three W.W.II troop sleepers and a caboose. Expanded indoor gallery exhibits greet visitors year-round. Special summer events include the "Blast from the Past" and "Great Alaskan Antique Power Show." Atwood Park welcomes family and group picnics.

Wrangell Genealogical Society PO Box 928
Wrangell, AK 99929
Tribal House of the Bear Physical location:
Foot of Front Street
Mailing address:
PO 868
Wrangell, AK 99929
Phone/Fax: 907.874.3747

Replica of a traditional tribal house constructed by the CCC during the Roosevelt administration. Display of tools used in the construction of the building. Replicas of the famous Shakes house posts. Also has the Frog house posts of the Kiksadi clan. Interpreter gives history of the house and local information.

Wrangell Museum Physical location:
296 Campbell Drive
Mailing address:
PO 1050
Wrangell, AK 99929
Phone: 907.874.3770
Fax: 907.874.3785

History of Wrangell beginning with early Native American prehistory, SE Alaska Native American cultures; Russian and British contact period; Gold Rush period; fishing, mining and forest industries; turn-of-the-century Wrangell. Display includes original house posts from Chief Shakes house carved in the mid-1700s. A "spruce canoe", one of very few still in existence, a turn-of-the-century spruce and cedar bark basket collection, several original totem poles, and everyday memorabilia. Museum gift shop sells books, cards, petroglyph stamps, and Wrangell garnets from Garnet Ledge.

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