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Address: Lincoln & Monastery Streets, Sitka, AK
Phone Number: 907-747-6281
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Located within the Sitka National Historical Park, this is one of the...

Located within the Sitka National Historical Park, this is one of the last surviving examples of Russian colonial architecture in North America.

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alaska cruise

Nice museum. Lots of exhibits showing how he lived and worked with the native population. Staff was friendly and helpful

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
San Diego
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San Diego
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice museum. Lots of exhibits showing how he lived and worked with the native population. Staff was friendly and helpful

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Oshkosh, WI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

I was really surprised with the construction of this building. They have showcased it in a very interesting, thorough manner. The first floor is free and if you are interested in the historical parts of the russian occupation of the territory you need to pay and get the whole experience of the tour of the furnished second floor.

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Espoo, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

The downstairs is available for free but you need a guide to visit the second floor. I highly recommend taking the guided tour: the upper floor is restored in great detail and the small orthodox chapel is absolutely charming. The house (which was built by Finnish workers, by the way) has an interesting history and is absolutely worth a visit!

Thank Nora T
Lafayette, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

This was very interesting and worth a visit. You pass it while walking to or from Totem Park. It is very historic and the guides are very informative. Check it out

Thank canada777-1207
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Again passed on way back from Raptor Centre It is free only opened certain times but worth a look for the Russian historical influence. Amazing to see how the house was originally built as a small section has been preserved and also see if you see the writing on the wall as this is where they kept their lessons amazing

Thank KeenTraveller12372
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

There are periodic guided tours of the house which is very informative. I happened to be alone and the guide was very willing to respond to my questions and comments and to relate items in the house to the cathedral and the history of Russian Orthodox churches in Alaska.

Boulder, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

A delightful little museum. Learn about the Russian occupation of Alaska and the life of the bishop who lived in this relatively opulent house (given its on the edge of nowhere). Make sure to take the ranger led tour of the bishop's living quarters. It's beautiful and the rangers have deep knowledge about the history of this place.

Thank sharonincolorado
Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

This is a small museum but provided an interesting insight into life in Sitka since the time of the Russians. It was also interesting to see inside this historic building. We chose not to see the exhibit on the second level as we felt the exhibit on the first floor gave us a good overview.

Thank gkg28
Helena, Mt
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

We visited the first floor of historic house, which described some interesting Alaskan history. The displays were informative and historical restoration provided a look into the past. The house is an easy walk from the cruise ship port.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

the downstairs alone is free and worth seeing, but pay the small fee and get the guided upstairs tour. It really puts the Russian history of Sitka in perspective and one sees a lot more and gives a real sense of time, place, and person.

Thank frequentraveler13

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