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Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

50 Main St, Ketchikan, AK
(907) 228-6220
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Ranked #8 of 20 attractions in Ketchikan
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
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Los Angeles
20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

This museum houses exhibits of Alaska's history and cuture. We found the location easy to find and they honor your Senior Parks pass since it is part of the Forest Service.. Displays were well done and easy to follow. There is a 20 minute film available which gives a good beginning to the museum and its displays. It's located an... More

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Lacygne, Ks
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55 reviews 55 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

We enjoyed our time here. Many interesting to see here. People who worked here were very knowledgeable and friendly. Worth your time.

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Nashville, TN
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458 reviews 458 reviews
278 attraction reviews
417 helpful votes 417 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

The Discovery Center houses very good exhibits of Alaska’s history and culture, and a video is shown in the theater. We spent about an hour at the museum, but more time could be spent lingering over the displays and their explanations. We liked the fact that the Discovery Center honored our senior national park pass. The location of the museum... More

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Forest, Ms
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013 via mobile

Educational and informative. $5 admission. Really enjoyed movie included in admission fee. Easy walk fromain visitor center.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

We love to visit museums to learn more about the areas we are visiting. This was quite a pleasant surprise in Ketchikan! Very well done, full of various items pertaining to the life and history of Alaskan and Ketchikan. Very worthwhile afternoon.

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Chanhassen, Minnesota
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Our young kids were having so much fun in the ship's pools and kids' club, we had to drag them off the ship by the time we reached Ketchikan. This little gem as a previous poster described it, is exactly right on. Our 4 kids, ages 4-10, thought this little stop was more fun than the salmon ladder and previous... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

I appreciated the fact that my National Park senior pass got free admission for my entire family group. Displays and film were well designed and informative.

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Brisbane, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
24 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center is a good way to spend an hour away from all of the jewelery shops in Ketchikan. The entrance fee is $5. We used our National Parks Pass so we were able to enter for free. The museum is run by the US Forest Service. Inside of the entrance there are some beautiful totem poles.... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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129 reviews 129 reviews
99 attraction reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

This great little centre is devoted to the life and ecosystems of SE Alaska and well worth a visit! Only a brief walk from the cruise ship docks, it is great place to get away from the rain or escape the tourists and get a feel for SE Alaska. It is run by the U.S. Forest Service and is part... More

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San Diego, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

At the recommendation of a Ketchikan local, we visited the discovery center. We only had an hour or so before they closed for the day, but we got through most of it quickly enough - and saw the movie they were showing. I think we could have spent a couple hours there total if we had had the time, but... More

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