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Totem Heritage Center

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Address: 601 Deermount Street, Ketchikan, AK 99901
Phone Number: +1 907-225-5900
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1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Activities: Arts and crafts
Description: The Totem Heritage Center was established in 1976 to house and preserve...
The Totem Heritage Center was established in 1976 to house and preserve endangered 19th century totem poles retrieved from uninhabited Tlingit and Haida village sites near Ketchikan and to preserve and promote Native artistic and cultural traditions through traditional classes. The Center is home to 33 authentic poles, numerous historic images, and Native art works. Educational and interpretive tours are available.
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Beautiful Historic Preservation

The museum is small but the artifacts are amazing. I learned a great deal about the history of totem poles. Admission is $5 and worth so much more. Accessible via public... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 3, 2013
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Hemet
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Small museum with some very nice totems. The ladies who run the museum are very helpful if you ask questions. They will tell you a lot of history of the totems and the tribes with the right questions. They are making a valiant effort the preserve some of the very old totems and provide some history of the origins of... More 

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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

How many chances do you get to see actual preserved totems? The artifacts in this museum are amazing and a must see. There was also someone there giving a tour of the museum who was fantastic!

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Longview, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Good place to get out of the rain, nice collection of historic totem poles. Five dollar fee, military are free and their is a free shuttle. We took a nice walk from Creek Street via Married man trail through the rainforest. Fish hatchery and a lush park are next to the museum. The highlight of this attraction is the Native... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

The museum is small but the artifacts are amazing. I learned a great deal about the history of totem poles. Admission is $5 and worth so much more. Accessible via public transportation. The area around the center is also very pretty. We watched salmon swimming upstream from the bridge.

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Old totems displayed in a respectful and well lit environment easily accessed by local public bus or following the road and river up from the tourist area on a market trail.

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Wirral UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

We stumbled across this place while walking up the river watching the vast numbers of salmon in the river. It's a pity that it is so tucked away from the centre, as it is interesting, but I suspect not too many get to see it due to its location. There is an excellent collection of some of the oldest totems... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Set in a beautiful park next to a salmon-filled river, the Totem Heritage Center was a good overview to Alaskan culture. The masks, carvings, and totems are all well-preserved and presented, and the signage is both well-written and informative about all aspects of why Alaskan cultures made totem poles, when they were made, how they were made, etc.

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Lacygne, Ks
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Not very big but worth the trip there to see. Several original totem poles inside and much information about them. The docents were very knowledgeable and ready to answer questions. I really enjoyed my time here and would go back.

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St. Louis, MO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

We visited the Totem Heritage Center right after we left Saxman Native Village. Saxman was disappointing so we almost didn't visit the center but that would have been a mistake. The Heritage Center has some very old, very neat totems to view and gives so much more background on totems, why they are carved, types of totems, etc. We really... More 

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Lake George, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Great info on totem art along with wonderful exhibits of totems from throughout the region. Be sure to get the tour!

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