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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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A delightful museum

We were really impresed by this place and its display/exhibits. The US Forest Service did a really nice job.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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New Jersey, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We were really impresed by this place and its display/exhibits. The US Forest Service did a really nice job.

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Port of Los Angeles, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Experience a unique collection of native Alaskan artifacts. Many interesting items on display. Worth visiting!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Our 15 year old was in here for 3 hours! Loved it...great exhibits and well presented. Can get national park stamp and junior ranger. Lots of seating which was great. Fairly busy and great natural light and views from upstairs.

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We escaped to the Discovery Center because it was pouring rain, but what a DELIGHT. The exhibits are very compact, not boring; movies are informative. If you have time in Ketchikan, definitely check it out. $5 admission; free if you have a National Parks pass. We went back after our Zodiac tour. That interesting!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This discovery center is a great introduction to the rainforest, culture, and people of southeast Alaska. It was an easy walk from the port where our cruise ship docked, and is also served by the city of Ketchikan's free shuttle bus. It's easy to spend a couple of hours wandering in this center, looking at exhibits and watching films. What... More 

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Torrance, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

My husband and I stopped here first thing in the morning on our full day in Ketchikan. We were independent travelers, having arrived by ferry from Bellingham a few hours earlier. This was an excellently well done introduction to the multiple dimensions, people, resources, natural beauty and concerns that define Southeast Alaska. The staff was informative and super helpful. Highly... More 

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Bridgetown, Barbados
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

This museum is straight and to the point with the aspect truly on Alaska and it's wild natural beauty both of its people and its wildlife and scenery. Discovery center is definitely the right term compared to museum, the films are extremely insightful as well

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

I wish I had gotten here earlier in the day so I could have watched more of the short films on different subjects. The two that I got to see were on the native people and on the fishing industry and both were interesting. There are a variety of taxidermied Alaskan animals on display. And there is a kids section... More 

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Shafer, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We had our America the Beautiful Pass and it is accepted here so we took the time to tour around. Very informative and the Ranger working helped my kids get hooked up with a scavenger hunt almost before we were through the door. As is typically the case, it was raining in Ketchikan so it was nice to be in... More 

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Owings Mills, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

yes it was raining. And yes I needed shelter. And of course I was looking for clean restrooms. But this museum was much more than that kind of a stop. It had a combination of artifacts from native indian cultures and also good explanation of the environment (nature) we were in. I spent about an hour and a half enjoying... More 

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