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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

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 Place to Take the Kids

This is a small but very nice activity where you will learn a lot about southeast Alaska. It is right in town near the cruise ship dock and is definitely worth a visit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 20, 2015
Irving, Texas
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Irving, Texas
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

This is a small but very nice activity where you will learn a lot about southeast Alaska. It is right in town near the cruise ship dock and is definitely worth a visit.

Thank MLWTex
San Diego
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

This museum was definitely worth the time. The staff was very friendly and helpful. displays were interesting but not extraordinary. The entry cost was only $5/ea

Thank SanDiego333
Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

There is a nominal charge for entry here, it was $5 I think. The rooms are filled with historical details about the area along with artifacts and local art work. We strolled through here and spent about an hour enjoying the history and culture that was unfolded. This would be a great place to take children and it's also great... More 

1 Thank Catherine J
Oshkosh, WI
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207 reviews
84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

This is a fairly new public facility which is geared for a family experience. It will give the children a deeper insight into the history and geography of the land.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Worth every cent paid. The centre is a great display of historical, native indian and gold rush history. The place covers animals, flora, history. It is located close to the centre of town, easily accessible if you come to Ketchican with a ship. If you get the chance, do go and see it.

1 Thank wannafindout
Libertyville, IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015 via mobile

So glad we stopped by this unassuming museum on the way back to our cruise ship. The center provided interesting and engaging exhibits about the local history and culture of the native people. Definitely stay for the short film about the preservation of local languages, arts, craft and dance. Very moving. If you enjoy knowing more about a place than... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

We enjoyed it. We strolled through and enjoyed the interesting exhibits about the history of the area.

Thank floridaflightgal
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200 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

This is a great museum of local culture and explains the native peoples, forests, wild life and progress of development. The displays are excellently planned, and some are interactive. It is worth the time for a visit because you grow to understand the importance and beauty of this area of Alaska.

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Aptos, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Don't miss this wonderful exhibit when in town. A great introduction to the area! There are displays dipecting traditional Alaska Native life as well.

Thank Seacliff23
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 343 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Situated right next to the Fire Station in downtown Ketchikan, this NFS museum is a true jewel. For all ages, as each will enjoy the dioramas, exhibits, historical artifacts & Alaska items. The animal section has furs of local critters which can be examined & life cycles learned about. Must see to really appreciate Alaska...

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