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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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Informative and Inexpensive

For a very reasonable $5 entry fee the Forest Service has a wonderful facility with modern exhibits, a nice movie and included a guided walk around town. As the only member of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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135 reviews 135 reviews
43 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

For a very reasonable $5 entry fee the Forest Service has a wonderful facility with modern exhibits, a nice movie and included a guided walk around town. As the only member of the walk I ended up with a private tour from an energetic guide who despite being new in town already seemed to know quite a bit about the... More 

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Travis M, Assistant Director at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, responded to this review

We're glad you enjoyed your visit and experienced our new guided walks. Thanks for posting this review! More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Went here with a cousins field trip while visiting family. The building is gorgeous and well taken care of. The information is thorough yet not overwhelming. A good overview of the rain forest and history.

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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

For a family with young kids (read: zero patience and a frequent need for bathrooms), this is your stop. One, your entry fee gets you all day access to the nicest bathrooms in town (I would assume, as I haven't been to all of them). Two, entry fee is very reasonable $5 (kids under a certain age are free) and... More 

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Kasaan
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

It's wonderful! Location is good too! It's a great taste of our region, and the photos are fine! I wouldn't change a thing!

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Los Angeles, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Learned a lot. Great short movie that is worth the trip. The walk through is informative with great pictures and quick reads on local history. Worth the trip!

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Travis M, Acting Assistant Director at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting us and we're glad you enjoyed your visit to the Discovery Center! More 

Las Vegas, Nevada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Excellent museum: informative exhibits and a nice museum store. Museum employees were helpful and kind. Well done!

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Travis M, Acting Assistant Director at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, responded to this review

We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to the Discovery Center, and I'll pass along your kudos to the rest of our staff. Come back and see us again! More 

Miami, Florida
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208 reviews 208 reviews
95 attraction reviews
198 helpful votes 198 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center located in Ketchikan is an impressive collection of history, geography, natural flora and fauna and the peoples of the region that call Tongass their home. The Tongass is a vast region and encompasses huge landmass across the planet, you will discover rare insights with their 18 minute film which talks about the local Tlingit and... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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155 reviews 155 reviews
96 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Smallish centre with mostly dioramas of ecosystems. Interesting enough but a bit old and tired. Not expensive so a reasonable way to spend half an hour to an hour.

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Travis M, Acting Assistant Director at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting the Discovery Center and sharing your honest thoughts - we think the center offers a great visitor experience but we agree that some of the exhibits need a refresh and we're in the planning and design stages of some renovations and upgrades. We hope you'll come back in the future and experience the Discovery Center again. More 

Boonville, Missouri
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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Travis M, Acting Assistant Director at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, responded to this review

We're glad you enjoyed your visit to the Discovery Center, and thanks for letting folks know that we're worth the trip! More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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