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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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Rainy Day In Haines

"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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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North Waterford, Maine, United States
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Jordan, New York
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31 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

"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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 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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Napa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

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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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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 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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