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Alaska Native Heritage Center

8800 Heritage Center Dr, Anchorage, AK 99506
907 330 8000
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Ranked #7 of 102 Attractions in Anchorage
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Educational Sites, Historic Sites
Activities: Arts and crafts, Dining, Antiquing
Owner description: Alaskan native culture is presented through storytelling, dancing, craft-making and simulated, life-sized villages representing each of the five main... more » Owner description: Alaskan native culture is presented through storytelling, dancing, craft-making and simulated, life-sized villages representing each of the five main indigenous groups. « less
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Irvine, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

This center is not open year-round so make sure it is open when you are going. We were there Labor Day and they were getting ready to close except for school field trips. Walk around the grounds to learn about the housing of the different native peoples. Native staff are informative and friendly. Interesting talk about the all the different... More

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Haines
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This center is one of the best interpretive centers I have been to about a group of people. The building has active dancing going on with a person telling the story behind the song and dance and why the motions are that they do as well as regalia that they use. Outside they have examples of each type of home... More

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delaware
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45 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We had visited Anchorage Museum but decided to stop at the Center en route to Seward despite knowing that it was officially closed. The folks at the desk were nice and said we could walk around. Viewing the art work and exhibits downstairs was interesting.

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Riverhead, NY
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24 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Stroll around a lake and painlessly learn about Alaska's Native People by visiting village sites that are hosted by natives that explain about their tribes, the land, and how they survived. Lots of information, artifacts, and dwellings. Includes a theater, a museum, and a cafe. We caught a free shuttle for this from the Log Cabin Visitor's Center in Anchorage.... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

great demonstrations of native games, dancing, storytelling, etc. Nice examples of native dwellings.

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Denver, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Most of the people I talked to or heard were natives - good to hear information first hand from people that knew because their parents / grandparents, etc. had lived in what they were talking about.

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Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
42 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Our visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Center was one of the highlights of our stay in Anchorage. It was a rainy day and we thought some of the outside exhibits and activities might be canceled. In fact, the sled dog demonstration was canceled because of the weather. However, because there were so many other interesting activities, demonstrations, and other... More

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Enumclaw
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Really enjoyed this stop. Interesting history and demonstrations inside and wonderful examples of villages outside. We even took a quick dog sled ride!

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Springfield, Virginia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We were very impressed with the Heritage Center. In particular, the young Native Americans who work there are very knowledgable and very eager to share their culture. They were happy to answer all of our many questions.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

This was wonderful. One big clue: GO OUTSIDE. When you first arrive you at tempted to sit and watch the dancing, hear the stories and visit the typical museum but step outside for a walk around the back of the property. Here they show you examples of different types of homes of the native people. It is so informative. People... More

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