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Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

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Address: 50 Main St, Ketchikan, AK
Phone Number: +1 907-228-6220
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8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center is the gateway to the Tongass...
The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center is the gateway to the Tongass National Forest. Located just one block from the cruise ship docks in downtown Ketchikan, you can explore the amazing ecology of the coastal rainforest, connect with the rich cultures of the region's native peoples, enjoy Junior Ranger activities with your kids and experience Alaska's rainforest from the comfort of our theatre through an 18-minute, high-definition film.
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While in Ketchikan my wife and I decided to walk up the hill to the Discovery Center. It was worth the trip. A local helped steer us in the right direction to the Center and we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

While in Ketchikan my wife and I decided to walk up the hill to the Discovery Center. It was worth the trip. A local helped steer us in the right direction to the Center and we found lots of information on totem poles, Native American culture, and the history of the area. One downside was it's rather small and we... More 

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Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

The center is very informative. It has both movies on different topics every 30 minutes ( I watched the one on Bush Pilots) and a very good exhibit on the rainforest, culture, and history of the area. It is near berth 1. The staff are very friendly and helpful.

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Plainsboro, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

I took the opportunity to see what this place was all about. The cost of $5 for an adult. It eats a little annoying to keep paying a small admission fee for all the cultural buildings. This took a good 45 min. Watched a movie about the history of the town. Walked around and learned a lot about Alaska.

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Owatonna, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Excellent film and exhibit on the area. The cost was only $5/person and free if you have a national park pass.

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Forster, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015 via mobile

We spent a few hours in Ketchikan and happened upon the discovery centre. The staff are very helpful. There is a $5 entrance fee which is excellent value. There are some wonderful displays on the Alaskan culture, the gold rush, the salmon fishing and forestry industries. It gives you a great insight into the Alaskan way of life.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

The museum has a small cost and takes about half an hour to one hour to visit. It was quite dark inside in parts to simulate a forest environment. The diaromas were interesting. The staff are justifiably enthusiastic and proud of their museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Stopped in and was impressed by the quality of the displays. Several rooms with interactive audio/visual displays of Native Alaskans, Rainforests, Fishing, Logging, Outdoors and more. Very well done.

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San Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

We have been coming to Ketchikan for many years as part of the typical cruise ship itinerary. This "discovery center", which is far more than a museum, is located right adjacent to the southern end of the cruise ship docs in the heart of Ketchikan. It used to be free, which is amazing, but due to federal budget cuts, the... More 

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Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

We only stopped so we could use the restrooms but had to pay to enter so we did look around. It was small but nice. If you have the time to spend, it's cheap enough to explore the place and learn something new.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Museum about the Southeast, tells a little about the indigenous people of the region, geology, wild life and economy. It's quite small but can offer a perspective on this many subjects.

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Additional Information about Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

Address: Address: 50 Main St, Ketchikan, AK
Phone Number: +1 907-228-6220
Location: United States  >  Alaska (AK)  >  Ketchikan
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 5 - 5

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