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Sitka Historical Museum

330 Harbor Drive, Harrigan Centennial Hall, Sitka, AK 99835
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Ranked #13 of 16 Attractions in Sitka
Type: History Museums
Description: Formerly named the Isabel Miller Museum, this little museum is a treasure--the only museum in Sitka featuring all of Sitka's history.
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Houston, TX
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42 reviews 42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The native culture of the Tlingit tribe is well preserved in this small museum. The clothing was fascinating. Some made from fish skins for lighter wear, but intricately stitched and preserved. The art and crafts were also very intricately designed in beautiful colors.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Don't miss the chance to stroll through history. I had a "moment" at the battleground where I swear I heard native drumming. Slow down and drink in the past, imagine the agony, sense the struggles. Met a passionate Interpretive Ranger on the trails who helped us gain a deeper appreciation for the area. The Totem Poles are fascinating.

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Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I ended up here on afternoon, just wanting to see wha this place had to offer, and I ended up with A LOT MORE THAN I PLANNED.... After touring the museum, and grounds, I happened upon a young that was CARVING a TOTEM POLE...he was mostly done, and after talking for a few minutes, we both decided, that we were.."dinosaurs... More

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Lexington, South Carolina
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147 reviews 147 reviews
87 attraction reviews
180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

I enjoyed the native artifacts, demonstrations and cultural displayed in the museum. The Russian years of Alaska were of particular interest to me. The museum was well displayed and had very knowledgeable staff willing to assist with any concerns. I am glad I took the time to visit this little museum.

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Atlanta GA
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48 reviews 48 reviews
21 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Hayley, Beverly and staff are so friendly and knowledgeable. I was doing genealogical research and they were amazingly helpful. Great little gift shop and a good overview of Sitka's past. Make sure you take time to drop in and say hello. In the Centennial Hall near the Harbor.

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Issaquah, Washington
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45 reviews 45 reviews
21 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Whilst waiting for our tour arrangments, we made use of a quick peruse of the Sitka Historical Museum. I enjoyed all the old photos that adorned the halls of the Natives in particular. Worth a look around!

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Lahaina, Hawaii
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

If want to really learn more of the fascinating history of early Alaska, from the native tribes, to the Russian years, to the gold rush, to modern day this is the place.

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Holly Hill, FL, USA
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

A lof of times, you go somewhere, and meet people.. well I met a 3rd Generation Totem Carver, and after a lengthly, we found that we were quite alike, in many ways, The children to day want quick gratification..well this man had children who did NOT want to learn an ageold craft ( TOTEM-Carving) it was too much work...much like... More

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Nikiski, Alaska, United States
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

The last day of my trip and I wanted to find something "Sitka-ish" for my family. The other "tourist' shops in town were closed for the 'season' and The Museum had clan-stye rings, siver bracelets and rings, books, handbags, bentwood boxes and plenty of other knick knacks. The best part was that it was all 10% off. Also, take some... More

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Greenbank, Washington
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58 reviews 58 reviews
17 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

The video (tho' a tad long) is well worth watching ... and the exhibits are well organized & very interesting & informative ! Beverly Dexter - the manager - is SOOOO knowledgeable & SOOOOO filled with enthusiasm & willing to share & answer any/all questions -- she's the best !!

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