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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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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
30 helpful votes 30 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
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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75 reviews 75 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
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

Portland, Oregon
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40 reviews 40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

This was my second visit to the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. The first time for my wife and grandson. You have to pay $5 per person for entry but you get great value for that. It is right in the heart of downtown, a couple of blocks from Creek street and the cruise ship docks. The interpretative portion of the... More

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Lenexa, Kansas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Within easy 2 block walking distance of the cruise ship dock, right in town.The $5 admission is a bargain. Excellent US Forest Service film and nice dioramas displaying rainforest habitat , Tlingit & Haida cultures and native flora & fauna.

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Meridian, Idaho, United States
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48 reviews 48 reviews
19 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My 7yr old and I took the self guided tour at the Discovery Center in Ketchikan. Admission for my son was free and I paid a nominal charge. There is no limit as to how long you can stay, and there are many great exhibits to see with an abundance of information. The movie was great and relaxing. The center... More

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