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Alaska State Museums
The Alaska State Museum was established on June 6, 1900, and
provides its customers knowledge of the history of the state,
its people, and its resources. Come experience the life of the
Eskimo's, see totem poles and kayaks, and many more artifacts
that portray the life of the people and the history of Alaska.
Located at 395 Whittier Street in Juneau, AK.
Museum of the Aleutians
The museum offers over 9000 square
feet of exhibits ranging from sculptures and models to native
baskets and mummy caves. There is much to learn about the
Aleutian Islands at the Museum of the Aleutians. Located
at 314 Salmon Way in Unalaska, AK.
Alaska Native Heritage Center
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
8800 Heritage Center Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99506.
Anchorage Museum of History & Art
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. Located
at 121 W. 7th Avenue in Anchorage, AK.
Search for gold
nuggets in a well-known gold mine which has produced over 45,000
ounces of gold! Try your 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
Eagle River AK 99577
Oscar Anderson House Museum
Built in 1915 by Oscar Anderson (the city
butcher), this was the first permanent frame home in Anchorage.
Tours are available. Phone for availability.
420 M Street in Anchorage, AK.
Alaska Heritage Museum at Wells Fargo, Anchorage, Alaska
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.
Located at 301 W. Northern Lights in Anchorage, AK.
Inupiat Heritage Center
Located in Barrow, Alaska which is known as "The
Rooftop of the World", the center tells the story and teaches
the culture of the Inupiat people of Alaska. These Eskimo
people were excellent whalers and crafters, living in one of the
harshest climates on earth.
Historical Museum [Cordova
Dedicated to the preservation and display of the
history of Cordova, Alaska, the museum is operated by the
Cordova Historical Society. Housed in the Centennial
Building at 622 First Street in Cordova, AK.
Dillingham, Alaska next to the Public Library.
Fairbanks Northstar Borough
Alaska Museum of Natural History
Exhibits range from the ice age to the polar
dinosaurs which roamed the region. Located at 201 N.
Bragaw in Anchorage, AK.
Downtown Fairbanks Walking Tour
A two hour walking tour of downtown Fairbanks,
which you can also experience from the comfort of your own home,
thanks to their website. See the places and buildings, and learn
the history that made the town. Located in Downtown Fairbanks,
Eagle Historical Society & Museums [History
Actually housed in 6 historic buildings, guides
lead visitors on a walking tour allowing them to learn more
about the past and present of Eagle, Alaska. Buildings
include the 1901 Courthouse, 1900 Mule Barn, 1900 Customs House,
1901 NCO Quarters, 1898 log cabin, and the Waterwagon Shed.
The Archives is stored in the log cabin and is available to the
public for research of historic documents and photographs.
Tours begin at the courthouse. Call for more information.
(907) 547-2325. Located in Eagle, Alaska.
Museum of the North at University of Alaska
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.
907 Yukon Drive in Fairbanks, AK.
Pioneer Museum & The Big Stampede
Preserved and displayed here are artifacts and
photos demonstrating their hard work, daily life, and
recreation. The history of Alaska's transportation including dog
sleds and early aviation relics, as well as mining tools
are just some of the fun things to experience.
The Big Stampede Show is a highlight of the
museum. It is a 45 minute lighted mural show, which depicts the
trials and tribulations of the state and the people during the
Gold Rush. The museum is located at Pioneer Park in Fairbanks,
University of Alaska Museum of the North
The museum is
focused on the early exploration of the Northwest, the early
culture and history of northern Alaska and the arts of her
native peoples. Located at 907 Yukon Drive in Fairbanks,
Wickersham House Museum
Built by Judge James Wickersham who bought the
lot April of 1904, the museum shows the house as it might have
been when he resided there, and helps build a better
understanding of Wickersham's influence on the still growing
town. Authentic furnishings, historical artifacts and old
photographs are among the many things you will see when you
visit the Wickersham house. Located in Alaskaland Pioneer Park
in Fairbanks, AK.
Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center [History Nuggets]
The museum is
focused on the history of the Chilkat Valley. Visitors to
the museum will find artifacts and memorabilia of interest to
young and old. The museum also operates a library and
archives full of historical documents, manuscripts and
photographs. Located in Haines, Alaska.
Juneau City & Borough
Juneau Douglas City Museum [Historic Photo Gallery]
The mission of the Juneau-Douglas City Museum is to foster among
its diverse audiences an awareness of Juneau's cultural
heritage, values and community memory. Also offered is a 1 hour
walking tour of Downtown Juneau, as well as a museum gift shop.
Located at 155 South Seward Street in Juneau, Alaska.
Last Chance Mining Museum
PO Box 21264
Juneau AK 99802
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
326 5th Street
Juneau, AK 99802
Tom Pittman Geology and Mining Museum
Located inside the John Rishel Mineral
Information Center, the museum contains fossils, mineral
specimens, and mining artifacts from the gold mining era of
100 Savikko Road, Mayflower Island, Doublas, AK.
Wickersham House State Historic Site
This site tells
the history behind Judge James Wickersham's house.
Kenai-Cook Inlet Borough
Chugach Museum and Institute of History and Art
Located at 3800 Centerpoint Drive, Suite 601 in
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
Hope and Sunrise Historical and Mining Museum
The original Canyon Creek mine buildings as well
as historical photos and artifacts that display the town of Hope
during the gold-rush of 1896 can all be seen at the Sunrise
historical museum. There is also a gift shop on the grounds.
Located inside the Kenai Mountains - Turnagain Arm National
K'beq Interpretive Site: Kenaitze Indian Tribe
This is an interactive tour that leads you
through nature and tells the story of the history of the
Kenaitze Indian Tribe. Located at Mile 52.6 Kenai Spur Hwy in
Cooper Landing, AK.
Kenai Visitors & Cultural Center
The Kenai Visitors
& Cultural Center hosts original and travelling art shows,
offers a variety of different history and culture programs, and
holds an extensive collection of historical artifacts. There are
Russian and Aleut cultural exhibits, and mining and oil
displays. And learn the natural history of Kenai through animal
and fish displays. Located at 11471 Kenai Spur Hwy.
Surrounded by active volcanoes, mountains and
glaciers, the Pratt Museum has indoor art, homestead, natural
history and wildlife dioramas and exhibits. There is an aquarium
and outside features the Harrington Homestead cabin, nature
trails and botanical gardens. Don't forget to check out the
museum store! Location is 3779 Bartlett Street in Homer, Alaska.
Soldotna Historical Society & Museum
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This historical museum is located near the Soldotna Visitor
Information Center. On the Centennial Park Road campground
turnoff. Originally furnished cabins, and historical pictures
and artifacts showing the peninsulas progress can be found on
Ketchikan Gateway Borough
Southeast Alaska Discovery Center
activities and interpretive historical programs for educational
groups, communities and families. Arts and crafts, history
Tongass Historical Museum
extensive photograph collections and historical archives
available for research. Many displays and permanent exhibits
provide insight to the culture of Ketchikan and Southeast
Alaska. The Tongass Historical museum is located at 629 Dock
Street in Ketchikan Alaska.
Totem Bight State Historical Park
re-carved totem poles and views of the rainforest and rocky
coastline from the deck are only a few reasons to visit this
historical park. By WWII the community house and 15 totems were
erected. It is a model native village with handmade tools, some
are original, some of reproduced. Located at 9883 N. Tongass
Highway in Ketchikan, Alaska.
Totem Heritage Center
Come see totem
poles and historical museum exhibits. They also offer nationally
accredited Native Arts programs. Located at 629 Dock Street in
Nana Museum of the Arctic
100 Shore Avenue
Kodiak Island Borough
Alutiiq Museum & Archaeological Repository
Located at 215 Mission Road, Suite 101 in Kodiak, Alaska.
Island History & Culture]
Learn about the
history of Kodiak through exhibits of Alutiq culture, Russian
influence, WWII, historical artifacts, documents, photographs
and more. Housed in the picturesque
Erskine House, a 200
year old building, the museum is operated by the Kodiak
Historical Society. Location is 101 Marine Way in
Kodiak Military History Museum
The building is
made of concrete that is several feet thick, and covered in
soil. It was completed in December of 1943. Originally had
power, water and sewer. The Kodiak Military museum will take you
a step back in time, and show the historical side of Kodiak's
military. Location is 1417B Mill Bay Road in Kodiak, AK.
Kodiak Walking Tour
Take a walk around
Kodiak, and experience the history first hand. You could visit
the wildlife refuge, or see the old Russian well, or you could
take a walk on the pier.
This 1936 Colony
House has been restored and preserved to it's original
appearance. The first owners of this Matanuska Colony home
were Oscar and Irene Beylund. A film documentary is being
made about the migration of 204 families to the Matanuska
Valley. Located in the Palmer Historic District at 316 E.
Elmwood Avenue in Palmer, AK.
Dorothy Page Museum
Traveling exhibits, as well as local history and
historical homes and building can be seen here. Located at 323
N. Main St. in Wasilla, Alaska.
Mine State Historical Park
Here you can take
a guided tour, or explore the mine on foot all by yourself. The
area is said to have a large moose population as well as
caribou, bears and wolves. The visitor center houses
interpretive displays and a hard rock mining exhibit. Located at
Mile 0.7 Bogard Road HC 32 Box 6706 in Wasilla, Alaska.
Knik Museum and Mushers Hall of Fame
Housed inside what
was once a pool hall and roadhouse, the building now contains a
small museum dedicated to the history of Knik and the Sled Dog
Musher's Hall of Fame is located on the second floor.
Operated by the Wasilla-Knik-Willow Creek Historical Society,
the museum is located at 13.9 Knik Road in Wasilla, AK. The
museum doesn't have a web presence at this time.
Trapper Creek Museum [Photos]
A housed original
log cabin featuring historical artifacts and pictures that tells
a story of the lives of the Alaskan homesteaders, gold rush
miners, and pioneers. Also in the cabin is a museum store that
has antique collectables and crafts. The museum is located at
Mile 115 on the Parks Highway.
Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum [History & Photos]
Fun and educations
exhibits will tell you why there is No place like Nome!! Learn
all about the formation of the Nome Kennel Club, and the history
of the dog sleds, and the first race. Discover how the Nome
Eskimo lived and thrived. There is an extensive archive of
historical photographs available for research, purchase or
public use. The museum is located at 233 Front Street in Nome,
Northwest Arctic Borough
Outer Ketchikan Borough
Duncan Cottage Museum (need a link for this museum)
Built in 1891 for Anglican missionary William
Duncan, this house museum contains original furnishings,
artifacts and personal belongings of Mr. Duncan as well as
Canadian telephones, old sewing machines, historical medical
supplies and equipment from the 1800's. Finish your visit,
with a look at his gravesite and the memorial church. Located in
Tribal Long House
(need a link for this museum)
Come dance, sing and share stories and
experiences as you learn with and about the local Indian tribes.
Sitka City & Borough
Sitka Historical Museum
Here you can experience Sitka as it was in 1867.
The Russian, Tlingit and American history of Sitka is portrayed
here as well as exhibits of WWII and the Alaska Purchase.
Located at 330 Harbor Drive in Sitka, AK.
Russian Bishop's House
Just one of the few remaining examples of Russian
Colonial Architecture left in the area, this house was completed
in 1842, and served as the center of the Russian Orthodox Church
authority. In 1969 the church closed the house because the roof
and walls were leaking and the building was in danger of
collapse. The house has since been restored and turned into a
museum so that residents and visitors could see and understand
and feel what it might have been like to live in Sitka during
the Russian-American period. Location is 103 Monastery Street in
Sheldon Jackson Museum
Said to be the oldest museum in Alaska, the
museum features early Native American artifacts, including items
made by the Eskimos, Tlingits, Athabaskans, and Aleuts.
See some of the
exhibits. Demonstrations of the many arts of these
Native Americans are also on display and items may be purchased.
Located at 104 College Drive in Sitka, AK.
Sitka National Historic Park
Established in 1910 in memory of the Battle of
Sitka in 1804, all that remains is the Tlingit Fort and
Battlefield and a few historical artifacts.
Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center
Inspired to share
the native culture of Southeast Alaska with the community and
its visitors, here you can watch the natives in action as they
paint, and do bead work. Talk to them and ask them questions,
that is what it's all about. There are courses in beading and
weaving available for anyone interested to learn. Located at 106
Metlakatla Street in Sitka, Alaska.
Klondike Gold Rush National Park [History & Photos]
Offers a variety
of things to do and see. Historical 1910 saloon, a ranger
presentation and short films on the history of Skagway, and the
race for gold. Or take a hike on the 33 ft long Chilkoot Trail,
established by the Tlingit people originally as a trade route.
Located in Skagway, Alaska.
Skagway Museum & Archives
Southeast Fairbanks Borough
Delta State Historical Park
Rika's Roadhouse and Landing,
this historical park marks the crossroads for early travelers,
traders and military excursions during the early 20th century.
Early travelers (1909-1947) of the Valdez to Fairbanks Trail
stayed in Rika's Roadhouse. Tours of the grounds and
buildings are featured along with a gift shop and the Packhouse
Pavilion. Located 8 miles north of Delta Junction on the
Richardson Highway at Mile Marker 274.5.
Sullivan Roadhouse Historical Museum
The oldest remaining original roadhouse in
interior Alaska which houses a lot of historical artifacts,
photograph and personal belongings of the two men who built it
in 1904. Located in Delta Junction, Alaska.
George I Ashby Memorial Museum
Two rustic log cabins which contain collections
of photographs, historical artifacts, documents and items from
the 1898 Gold Rush and The Kennicott Copper Mine, as well as
cultural native items. Located at the Copper Center Lodge in
Copper Center, Alaska.
Valdez Museum & Historical Archives
Rush Names Database]
The museum is
devoted to preserving and bringing to life the history of the
Valdez community which includes the Copper River Valley and
Prince William Sound. Exhibits cover the earliest days
when Native Alaskans lived in the area, the gold rush days, the
importance of oil and more. Located at 217 Egan Drive in
Chief Shakes Island and Tribal House
Replica of the original Shakes Tribal House,
there are original items dating back 200 years along with
photographs and historical items that tell the story of the
Clausen Memorial Museum
approximately 45,000 photos, 5,000 historical artifacts and
roughly 200 archival collections, the Clausen Memorial Museum
depicts the history of Petersburg and the surrounding areas.
Located at 203 Fram Street in Petersburg, Alaska.
Kennecott Historic Mining Town
Photos and Multimedia]
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This 20th century copper mining town is now
considered a National Historic Landmark. Step back in time
as you walk the streets of this deserted Alaskan mining town.
Tribal House of the Bear
Built in 1940 by
the CCC using local artisans and labor, the Tribal House of the
Bear located on Shakes Island in Wrangell exemplifies the
historic architecture of the Tlingit Nation and is a replica of
the original house which stood on the site in the 1800s.
Located in Wrangell, AK. Contact at 907 874-3097.
Turn of the century
spruceroot and cedarbark baskets. Chinese, Japanese and Russian
influences on Wrangell are portrayed here. Extensive photographs
depicting the Gold Rush era, as well as trappng, fishing and
forest history. Located in Wrangell, Alaska.
Anvik Historical Society and Museum
Operated by the
Anvik Historical Society, the museum features local Athabacan
artifacts from the mid-19th century to present day. The
collection includes photographs and artifacts from the Anvik
Episcopal Mission and other historical items related to the
history of the Anvik area. Located in Anvik, AK.
Alfred Starr Cultural Center & Museum
The museum is home to historical artifacts and cultural
displays related to the culture of the local Athabascan.
BOX 270, NENANA AK 99760
Circle Mining District Historical Museum
The museum was built to house artifacts of the
historic gold mining area. Historical artifacts and
displays were donated by local residents of Central and Circle
Hot Springs. Located in Central, Alaska.
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