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Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

50 Main St, Ketchikan, AK
+1 907-228-6220
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Ranked #6 of 21 Attractions in Ketchikan
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
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Boonville, Missouri
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

If you want to see what the Tongass NF is all about go here first. Explains all of the nature and history with a fascinating film and a very nice walk through museum. Done as well as any Nat. Park Service area in the country. Were here on a cruise with 4 ships in port and very few in the... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We had just a half hour to kill before heading to our ship after our bear watching excursion. This was a great place to spend a half hour or even several hours. I was able to show my kids a lot about the native culture and wild life and current community in a short amount of time.

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21 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

There is a great film on the Tongass National Forest. We got in free with our national parks card. There are some great exhibits and a nice way to learn about the area, tribes, and history. It's an easy walk from the cruise port.

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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This is a nice visitor center and an overview of the Tongass National Forest. My son always loves the Junior Ranger program, and it was convenient that we could pick up the book here and get started on it, and then turn in the completed book at Mendenhall Glacier visitor center when our cruise hit Juneau the next day.

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San Francisco, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Free facility within walking distance from cruise ship docks. Run by the US Forest Service and is totally non-commercial, though they have a gift shop area. Excellent exhibits.

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Beaumont, Texas
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93 reviews 93 reviews
51 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This was the last place we visited on our Alaska Cruise Tour, but it would have been a good place to get a review of what is to be seen. There is a "rain forest", a good display of early tribe life, nice artifacts and a really wonderful film. We walked from the cruise ship in the rain, but enjoyed... More

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Beit Shemesh, Israel
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This museum was great. I am really sorry that we had under an hour to see it, as we had to get back to our ship. It is very modern and well laid out, and gives a pretty comprehensive overview of Alaska -- its wildlife (with pictures), its topography, its industry, its history. In truth, this would be a great... More

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Los Gatos, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Really gave us a good perspective on the whole state of Alaska. Excellent short film about the rainforest, and informative displays. Well worth a quick trip.

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Lisbon, New York
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77 reviews 77 reviews
21 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The Discovery Center is a place where you need to have a couple of hours to spend. We had a hour before going on another tour and the person at the desk told us it would only take 45 minutes to go through. This may have been true if you didn't try to read about the displays and the area... More

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This is one of the most inclusive, well done centers of its kind. The detail and oral histories are fantastic and the model animals are realistic. The artifacts and hands on displays really show the history of this area. Best way to spend an hour in Ketchikan, much better than those touristy shops.

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Travis M, Public Relations Manager at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, responded to this review

We're glad you enjoyed your visit to the Discovery Center and thanks for sharing your experience here! Come back and see us again. More

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