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Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center

95 Sterling Hwy, Homer, AK 99603-7472
+1 907-235-6546
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Small just like Homer

Islands and Oceans is a small center with a few displays. They tell the story of settling here in... read more

Reviewed June 27, 2016
Momof4nak
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Interesting with history, current situations and places to go see.

This interesting museum covers human and natural history, including damage from wars and takeovers... read more

Reviewed June 23, 2016
RickandJan
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Woodland, California
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The Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center is a partnership between the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve. Built in 2003 as a resource for the community and visitors to Homer, Alaska, the building houses interpretive and interactive exhibits and displays describing the important work and research of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve.Located at 95 Sterling Highway, there are opportunities to enjoy the exhibit hall, informative videos, regular educational programming, and Ranger/Naturalist-led walks and presentations.The Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center is your window to the largest seabird refuge in the world, with all of the natural wonders of Kachemak Bay right outside its doors!
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  • Very good28%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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“free museum” (8 reviews)
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95 Sterling Hwy, Homer, AK 99603-7472
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+1 907-235-6546
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Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

Islands and Oceans is a small center with a few displays. They tell the story of settling here in Homer and the hardships that followed. They also have a trail that you can walk easily that will take out on the slough

Thank Momof4nak
Reviewed June 23, 2016

This interesting museum covers human and natural history, including damage from wars and takeovers, and wildlife refuges and restoration in the Aluetians, some of which seemed like cool places to go visit. Takes 1-2 hours.

Thank RickandJan
Reviewed June 22, 2016

This center was well designed and had lot's of information about Alaskan history and it's waterways. Also a nice walk down to the water where some big cranes hang out.

Thank Tom W
Reviewed June 22, 2016

It was a nice stop to take a break and get out of the sun and to use a nice bathroom. Not much here, but it was nice to read about some history.

Thank Tiffany M
Reviewed June 20, 2016

This was on our list of recommended places to see while in Homer. Upon arrival we met a very helpful associate at the counter. My teen daughter wanted to do the Junior Biologist Badge they had on their list of activities. This was so educational...More

Thank Melanie S
Reviewed June 18, 2016

This is a relatively new, but very informative visitor center. It is a must see for educational reasons. It has interactive and multimedia exhibits. It offers a flavor of the history of the region as well as a respect for the Native heritage. They also...More

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Reviewed June 11, 2016

We stopped in this visitor center on the way out of town, and we were all glad we did. The movie and exhibits are top-notch--engaging, informative, varied, and perfect for all ages. It's incredible how much you learn here in just an hour or so....More

Thank Peter H
Reviewed June 4, 2016

Some great displays ... Learn about Alaska being invaded by the Japanese during WWII to geography of the Pacific Rim. Lots to do for everyone including young children.

Thank SuperBear2
Reviewed June 3, 2016

We visited on a "slow day", so the museum was not busy at the time of our visit. We enjoyed checking out the exhibits, talking with the friendly staff, purchasing a few items in the gift store, and checking out the outdoor activities. Usually (starting...More

Thank Sandra D
Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

We had a great time exploring and enjoying the different exhibits. The center has no admission charge and was a nice place to stop and spend an hour or so. Kids would enjoy the Beluga slough trail and exhibits inside.

Thank Marquettemary
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bolliwa
August 10, 2017|
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Response from IOVC | Property representative |
Hi, it is not walking distance - it is about 6.5 miles from our visitor center to the pier. Sorry about that!
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bolliwa
August 10, 2017|
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Response from IOVC | Property representative |
Hi, it is not walking distance - it is about 6.5 miles from our visitor center to the pier. Sorry about that!
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Ronen K
May 13, 2017|
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Response from IOVC | Property representative |
Thanks so much for your interest in visiting Islands & Ocean Visitor Center! 1-2 hours would be enough time to complete our Jr. Biologist Activity Book, watch a film or two, explore the exhibits, and hike the trail along... More
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