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Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center

11 Main Street, Haines, AK 99827
(907) 766-2366
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Ranked #9 of 11 attractions in Haines
Type: Natural History Museums
Owner description: This educational institution of the Haines Borough collects, preserves and interprets the history, art and unique blending of diverse cultures within... more » Owner description: This educational institution of the Haines Borough collects, preserves and interprets the history, art and unique blending of diverse cultures within the Chilkat Valley. « less
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This museum is one that won't take you more than an hour to read all the signs and information, but IS one that you will be able to enjoy because your kids will be occupied in the kids Discovery Corner. Not just any kids area, this one, made by preschool teachers is chock full of educational and hand-made toys that... More

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Mexico
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Museum combines local historical and archeological information with current artist showcase gallery.

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San Francisco, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Small museum with local and native art collections. Rotating exhibits and things for the kids to do on the lower floor.

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Haines, Alaska
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

I live in Haines and always take my visitors to the museum. It is extensive and interesting, presenting a complete history of the area and native culture. Lots of wonderful artifacts. Always something new!

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Vallejo, California
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7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

I love the history of Alaska and its peoples. This museum does a wonderful job of presenting information about the peoples of Alaska with pictures, written narrative and exhibits. Downstairs is a fascinating room filled with the founders personal collection. It is educational and interesting. Knowledge not flash.

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Haines, Alaska
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

This is a smallish, 2-room museum. One floor is devoted to the height of fishing/canneries and gold rush days. Another floor is devoted Tlingit (Native) culture. Plenty of authentic artifacts in both rooms, though slightly disorganized. Still very much worthwhile. We spent 1 3/4 hours and saw/read most everything.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Pleased to find that Haines honors the Tlingit history of the area, after being in Skagway which seemed to present history as dating to the first European. Highlight was watching the totem pole carvers at work.

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Albany, Oregon
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64 reviews 64 reviews
12 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

On a grey afternoon, we spent an hour or so walking the two levels of the Sheldon Museum in Haines. It was very interesting to see how various cultures make Haines what it is today. The displays are nicely arranged, and there is plenty of written information to read as you walk through at your own pace. Whether it is... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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46 reviews 46 reviews
28 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

This museum is easy to reach via the trolley that picked us up at the pier. We were on the Statendam. It is worth the time, filled with the history of the area. Across the street is the Hammer Museum, another worthwhile stop.

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Melbourne, Australia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
20 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

Although it was winter and there were very few visitors, the museum was disappointing - we saw a far better museum in Sitka. Too much stuff by local school kids on topics not related to Haines. A waste of time really

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