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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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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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Great displays!

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!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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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
17 helpful votes 17 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
20 helpful votes 20 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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200 reviews 200 reviews
90 attraction reviews
178 helpful votes 178 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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134 reviews 134 reviews
90 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 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
4 attraction reviews
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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Washington
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87 reviews 87 reviews
23 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
16 helpful votes 16 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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