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Alaska Native Heritage Center

8800 Heritage Center Dr, Anchorage, AK 99506
907 330 8000
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Ranked #6 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
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Georgia
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The Alaska Native Heritage Center is awesome and should not be missed. Cruise passengers stopping here as one of their excursions only get to stay about an hour. There is so much more to see – it took us 3½ hours and we only left because we knew we had other things we wanted to see. We probably could have... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Experience an overview of the cultural groups in Alaska: Lodging, Storytelling, Song and dance. Have lunch at the Heritage Cafe - a reindeer hotdog! A great place to visit after a tour of Anchorage with Greatland Tours!

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Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

This museum was actually closed to the public but we had a special event there so I was excited for the opportunity to gain access. The dwellings outside are really interesting. I wish there were more information signs that described what we were looking at though. The museum is small and dark (for preservation). Some Alaska native people performed for... More

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Centerville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Need to see this on your trip to Alaska. So Interesting. Spend many hours here. The natives Indians told many stories to explain there lives in the past. Don't miss it!

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Wiesbaden, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

The wisdom of the different Alaskan native tribes and their knowledge of nature are overwhelming! So much for so called "primitive" (because non-White) cultures....! So much to be learned! Spend a wonderful day there exploring the many exhibits, learning their trades from demonstrations by "real People", getting to ask all our questions when touring the museum's outdoors!

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Sylvania, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This Native Heritage Center is a wonderful way to learn about the Native Alaskan People and their culture. My husband and I spent almost half a day there and we could easily have spent more time learning about the different tribes of Alaskan people. We flew into Anchorage and spent our first day here enjoying the live demonstrations and seeing... More

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Narberth, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I particularly like the cultural talks and demonstrations of Alaskan Native heritage given by young native Americans.

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gardnerville, nv
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This beats the Smithsonian for native America by many miles. The center shows the typical historical housing of all Alaskan regions. The docents were high school age and enjoyed showing off the cultural aspects including games, dances, etc If you only have time for one place to learn about native Alaska, go here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This was a highlight of the visit to Anchorage. It was such a well designed and interesting museum, I could have spent another day exploring the exhibits and talking to the guides. I would recommend this to anyone visiting Anchorage. It's a great place to start an Alaska adventure.

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Kansas City
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

The ANHC gives a great overview of the many cultures and clans that make us the history of the people of Alaska. We just missed the end of the summer season, so their full schedule was not available to us. However, the house-sites surrounding the lake was really interesting.

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