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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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Interesting museum for all

A nicely done museum for a relatively low cost. There are a few kids activities at the beginning of the museum. For those that do the National Park stamps, there are stamps for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Alpharetta, Georgia
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Alpharetta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

A nicely done museum for a relatively low cost. There are a few kids activities at the beginning of the museum. For those that do the National Park stamps, there are stamps for the Misty Fjords National Monument and for the SE Alaska Discovery Center available here. There are some nice exhibits on the culture and history of SE Alaska.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I would go here anytime but if it's a rainy day in the rainforest and you need some inside time, don't miss it. Exhibits are very well done and you will come out with a much better understanding of your environment and the history surrounding you. Numerous films rotate throughout the day in the very spacious and comfortable cinema facility.... More 

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Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

It was pouring rain, so we randomly stopped in here while walking around Ketchikan. We were pleasantly surprised at this museum. Be sure to watch the little films, as they give a great perspective on Alaskan life. The exhibits are a little dated, but very well done. It is run by the US Forest Service, so we know there are... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

The close sign is far too vibrant and misleading. The rainforest part is kind of weak. And the bookstore is just a bit too pricy. Otherwise a pretty mediocre place.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

The Center is operated by the U.S. Forest Service and has a $5 admission fee. First, see the short movie and then walk through the exhibits including the forest and native habitats/clothing.

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Rolla, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

We stopped in to buy maps of Prince of Wales Island, and while the staff scrambled to find enough copies for us, we looked around. Pretty nifty place. Seems geared more toward kids than adults. Worth a look, though.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center is affiliated with the National Park Service and you can use National Park passes to get into the museum for free in lieu of the reasonable $5 regular admission charge. The Discovery Center functions as a museum about the lands within the Tongass National Forest, which is basically all of Southeast Alaska (the Panhandle). It... More 

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beaufort, SC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This is a great little Discovery Center Museum that is really not mentioned at all if you are visiting with a cruise. This was the one day we didn't have any excursions planned and I really had no expectations for Ketchikan. But, it turned out to be a great little town - probably the quaintest of all the ports we... More 

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Saxman
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

There are multiple exhibits representing life in the Tongass RainForest, where much of SE Alaska is located. Films in the auditorium. Variety of books and t-shirts for sale.

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Travis M, Acting Assistant Director at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review! One update, however; the bookstore was closed at the end of last year by our partner organization, Alaska Geographic. More 

Laurinburg, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We visited this center while on an Alaskan cruise. We have become avid National Park visitors over the years and love exploring the history, culture and geography they protect and preserve. This site was an absolute jewel! The rangers are helpful and pleasant. The center is quite large and a full self guided tour of the exhibits would probably occupy... More 

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Additional Information about Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

Address: 50 Main St, Ketchikan, AK
Phone Number: +1 907-228-6220
Location: United States  >  Alaska (AK)  >  Ketchikan
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 5 - 5

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