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Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

50 Main St, Ketchikan, AK
(907) 228-6220
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Ranked #7 of 20 attractions in Ketchikan
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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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Portland, Oregon
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW 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
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

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
10 helpful votes 10 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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Camarillo, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This center is very modern and nicely laid out. Nice exhibits with lots of good information. Time spent here is a thousand times better than plying the diamond and watch stores pushed by the cruise lines. It is within easy walking distance of center of town and the cruise-line dock. We thought this was very worthwhile.

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Portland, Oregon
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81 reviews 81 reviews
34 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This was reasonably priced! And was a great introduction to Alaska. The exhibits were well done and informative. And for us the best thing was each of us could concentrate on the topic we were most interested. There were exhibits on mining, fishing, wilderness venues, animals in the area and local history to name a few. Very well done with... More

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Orlando, Florida
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

It was a good quick review, right near very thing and has bathrooms! It rains alot in Ketchikan, so easly way to see the history and get grounded for your trip to Alaska.

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Redmond, Oregon
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

It is very well designed and constructed. the exhibits were very interesting and really shows the length of habitation in the area. I would strongly suggest a stop, shouldn't take more than 30 minutes or an hour.

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Dallas, TX
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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This is a nice small museum. There is a good mix of information and you could enjoy walking thru quickly or spend a couple of hours. I think we were there about 45 minutes.

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Seattle, Washington
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

While passing through Ketchikan, we checked out this place. It is laid out nicely with all kinds of cool stuff to learn about SE Alaska. I especially loved the live cam of the salmon going upstream.

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