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Address: 11 Main Street, Haines, AK 99827
Phone Number: (907) 766-2366
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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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Very nice museum

The exhibits give a lot of information about the area and the people important in the development.. Even the more generalized exhibit about food tied everything into food in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 15, 2015
Marcy W
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Sandpoint, Idaho
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Sandpoint, Idaho
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101 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

The exhibits give a lot of information about the area and the people important in the development.. Even the more generalized exhibit about food tied everything into food in the area. The staff were very knowledgeable.

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upstate New York
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

we had not planned on visiting this museum, but it came with a 3 ticket package when we visited the hammer museum, and I am glad we did. It gave a very nice and interesting history of Haines and had a touring exhibit from the Smithsonian on food, which didn't have much to do with Haines, but we thought was... More 

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Russell, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Enjoyed both floors of the museum. Area history was enlightening, very enjoyable. Down stairs displays were a walk down memory lane.

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Thank Harold B
Independence, Missouri
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Small museum, good activity for a rainy afternoon. I enjoyed the native culture exhibits. They are located right downtown in Haines near the four way stop, within walking distance of the cruise ship dock.

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Jordan, New York
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48 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Beautiful building on the outside. Inside, the building lacked the number of exhibits that could have made it really interesting. There is so much rich Native American history in the area and so much more could have been done to explore this. The lower half was just silly, foods we eat, which included cans of every day food and bags... More 

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North Waterford, Maine, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 via mobile

"What a long strange trip it's been" You must make plans, but they should be flexible. We had hoped to ride down the Lynn Canal to Juneau today, but the boat was sold out. Make lemonade! We went to go to this museum, but on Saturdays it doesn't open until 1:00, so we took a ride up to Chilkoot Lake.... More 

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Durham, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The Sheldon Museum has a nice set of regional displays. While we were there, the highlight was a travelling display on food and changes in nutrition beliefs over time. The travelling materials were supplemented by how an Alaskan perspective that were very well done. Glad we went - recommended!

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Great first stop for learning about Haines history and culture. Traveling Smithsonian food exhibit was wonderful with great input about Alaskan fare including samples of salmon dip, euchalon (hooligan), and rose petal jam.

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Portland, OR
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22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We had fun at the museum and found it all very informative. The history of Haines is fascinating and the native exhibits upstairs were amazing. Well worth the price of admission ($5) and is highly recommended. Takes about 1-1/2 hours to see it all.

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Boydton, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Plan on spending a couple of hours. A wonderful educational experience. Loved the textiles made by native Alaskans. Get the triple admission that also gets you into the Hammer Museum right across the street and the Bald Eagle Conservation Center.

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