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Address: 601 Deermount Street, Ketchikan, AK 99901
Phone Number: +1 907-225-5900
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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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Totemic History

Worth the walk away from your fellow cruise hordes browsing the tat shops in town, 20 minutes takes you to a real gem if you are interested in Alaskan history. Modest entry fee... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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124 reviews 124 reviews
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Worth the walk away from your fellow cruise hordes browsing the tat shops in town, 20 minutes takes you to a real gem if you are interested in Alaskan history. Modest entry fee and free guided tour awaited us. Amazing totem poles! Stroll back to town along the river and take "Married Mans" walk back to Creek Street (very photogenic)... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

The historic totem poles that's been preserved at this center are extraordinary! Many hundreds of years old. The young Tlingit woman gave us an outstanding talk about the history of the totem poles, what they represent, how they were crafted, and the history of their preservation. She stayed after the presentation to answer questions.

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Gainesville, Virginia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013 via mobile

I'm glad we decided to stop here during our day in Ketchikan as part of a cruise. The museum contains old totem poles that are still in fair condition after about 150 years. The staff was very helpful in explaining the history of the totem poles and the stories behind them. It was definitely worth the $5 admission and 15-20... More 

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

definetly a place to visit, I was looking for a place that could give me information about totem tradition, and more. This is it! there is a beutiful park nearby... worth it!

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Conover, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Small museum but has a number of authentic totems and the staff person was very informative. Only need an hour to go through it pretty completely.

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Albuquerque
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Good place to visit, while we were there a man was telling the stories behind the totem poles which made it so much more interesting. We had some great Bald Eagle spotting from the park as well

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Seffner, FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

We were in Ketchikan last week on a cruise and decided to walk around the town and visit some local attractions. The Totem Heritage Center is right next to a city park and fish hatchery. The history of the totem pole was interesting and being able to see actual totems was a treat. The center is filled with Tlingit and... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

We decided to walk to visit the center after our cruise ship docked. It was only a 20 minute walk from the dock and the entry fee was only $5. Very informative in regards to totem poles.

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WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

Wonderful tour! Our Tlingit guide was fabulous and had first-hand knowledge of the culture and crafts

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Ketchikan, Alaska, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

walking through this museum of totems and native are is just amazing. It just makes your mind think of all the hard work they put into their art and culture!

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