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Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

50 Main St, Ketchikan, AK
+1 907-228-6220
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Ranked #6 of 18 Attractions in Ketchikan
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Other
Owner description: The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center is the gateway to the Tongass National Forest. Explore the...
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Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Other
Owner description: The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center is the gateway to the Tongass National Forest. 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 the Tongass from the comfort of our theatre through an 18-minute, high-definition film. The Discovery Center also features an Alaska Geographic Bookstore with books, maps and gifts highlighting the natural and cultural history of Southeast Alaska.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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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Miami, Florida
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85 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 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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133 reviews 133 reviews
90 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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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Boonville, Missouri
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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74 reviews 74 reviews
21 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

There is a great film on the Tongass National Forest. We got in free with our national parks card. There are some great exhibits and a nice way to learn about the area, tribes, and history. It's an easy walk from the cruise port.

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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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99 reviews 99 reviews
52 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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8 reviews 8 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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