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Sheldon Jackson Museum

Sitka, AK
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Ranked #4 of 15 attractions in Sitka
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Most recent review
- Jul 9, 2014
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Titusville, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

An extensive and high quality collection of native artifacts arranged effectively, by region and tribe. Some very unusual items. Local native artist doing beadwork was more than happy to talk about her culture, artwork, life. A lot to take in. Might require two visits to do it justice.

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Warner Robins, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Outstanding collection of Native Alaskan material. Every bit as good as the Alaska Native heritage Center in Anchorage as far as artifacts go.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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86 reviews 86 reviews
48 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I went in with low expectations and was surprised and delighted by the examples of tools, toys and clothing used by different Alaskan tribal groups. In this compact building, the collection hangs from the ceiling (different style kayaks and other boats), stands within glass cabinets and lies tucked away in drawers, awaiting your exploring eye. I am the kind of... More

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Mountain View, California
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11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

A wonderful collection of artifacts from native Alaskan cultures, with good educational descriptions. It was a single, round room divided into different areas for the different cultures with displays in cases and in pull-out drawers. My husband I I could have spent more than the 2 hours we did examining the details of the collection but we did not have... More

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Sitka, Ak
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

I had so much fun wandering around this little museum. I couldn't believe how many artifacts they had collected, you can spend all day there wandering around and opening all of the drawers.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

The Sheldon Jackson Museum has a very interesting collection of Native Alaskan artifacts. They have all kinds of stuff from kayaks to clothing to baskets...etc. To me, what makes it even more interesting is that the items were collected by Sheldon Jackson in the 1870s and 1880s. The items came from a time before the native Americans were highly westernized... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

The museum is the collections of Sheldon Jackson, a missionary. The lighting is a bit glaring for photos, so I gave it 4 stars.

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Lehi, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Sitka is not a very large town, however very quaint. We went to the Sheldon Jackson Museum and learned much about the natives of Alaska. Saw large collections of clothing, kayaks, baskets etc. of the Inupiat and Yup'ik natives. We also saw and met a native weaving baskets that were very colorful and interesting in design. I was very impressed... More

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seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Not too big, but well displayed, and outstanding quality in every section. I am not a read the captions carefully kind of person, but I did here, and stayed longer than is my custom. This is a highlight, better than the NPS displays (though they were different in nature.)

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San Diego
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75 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

On the outskirts of town, Mr. Jackson built his museum to house the artifacts he collected over many years. For a very modest [$5] fee, you can browse the collection. It is the kind of place where you could spend most of the day and still be discovering little things. The interpreters on site were excellent and very helpful, roaming... More

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