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Address: 11 Main Street, Haines, AK 99827
Phone Number: (907) 766-2366
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Description: This educational institution of the Haines Borough collects, preserves and...
This educational institution of the Haines Borough collects, preserves and interprets the history, art and unique blending of diverse cultures within the Chilkat Valley.
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Interesting museum

Good little museum with assorted displays on gold mining, native culture, and local history. Sadly, we arrived 10 minutes before they were to close. They were kind enough not to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 21, 2014
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Houston, Texas
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Napa, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

this museum is a jewel! i thoroughly enjoyed the information offered by the very capable and friendly director, helen alten. she was gracious and knowledgeable. the museum had a traveling exhibit from the smithsonian, in addition to 2 levels of local acquisitions of very excellent variety and quality. this wonderfully interesting and educational institution is yet one more reason i... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

If you are interested in local history this is the place to go. Small entry fee. Exhibits are great. Very interesting. You learn a lot about Haines and its people past and present.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The information about the local culture and history was excellent. Many displays of baskets, hand-made boxes, clothing, etc. The staff was quite nice. There was even a nicely done gift shop.

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Oklahoma
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96 reviews 96 reviews
48 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This is a great little museum, filled with native and local history. The gentleman at the front desk was very friendly and helpful. There is so much stuff in such a small space but it was very well laid out.

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Houston, Texas
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118 reviews 118 reviews
16 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Good little museum with assorted displays on gold mining, native culture, and local history. Sadly, we arrived 10 minutes before they were to close. They were kind enough not to charge us admission. We quickly walked through the exhibits, wishing we had allotted more time for a longer visit.

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Portland Oregon
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103 reviews 103 reviews
15 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We came across this museum while watching the State Fair Parade. We liked watching the totem pole carving. Our children were even allowed to help carve. The content inside was more for adults with history interests.

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Old Greenwich, Connecticut
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Aside from the stuffed animals and assorted native American costumes, the museum provides a window into the local culture of this area, its history, the first native Americans who settled here and built totem sculptures and traded actively up and down the shore. It is well worth your time and plan on an hour or more to do it.

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MN
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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