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Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

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Address: 50 Main St, Ketchikan, AK 99901
Phone Number: +1 907-228-6220
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8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center is the gateway to the Tongass...

The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center is the gateway to the Tongass National Forest. Located just one block from the cruise ship docks in downtown Ketchikan, you can explore the amazing ecology of the coastal rainforest, connect with the rich cultures of the region's native peoples, enjoy Junior Ranger activities with your kids and experience Alaska's rainforest from the comfort of our theatre through an 18-minute, high-definition film.

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A great surprise!

We were on the ship for afew hours and went in to find out more about the area. What a display they had! Two floors and very extensive. Well worth the admission fee ($5). Close... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Waldorf
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were on the ship for afew hours and went in to find out more about the area. What a display they had! Two floors and very extensive. Well worth the admission fee ($5). Close to the pier and food. Highly recommended.

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Dyer, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Only reason I know about this place was that I was wanting to buy a senior pass and had looked it up. It really is a gem of a little place and doesn't take long to go through it. It is located not far from the lumbar jack show, and not far from Creek street. So you have several things... More 

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Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I hate to write this review, since I didn't get to actually visit the building. Our cruise itinerary put us, along with two other cruise ships, in Ketchikan on a Sunday. This was one of the places that I'd hoped to tour during our stop. I was shocked to walk up to it in the middle of the day to... More 

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Travis M, Assistant Director at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, responded to this review

I understand and share your disappointment at our limited hours. Unfortunately, due to budget cuts, this summer the center simply does not have sufficient staffing to be open on weekends. We are hopeful that the situation will be resolved in 2017 and allow us to return to a seven-day-per-week schedule. More 

Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Well done exhibits provide a wealth of information about the geology, nature, history, and economy of southeastern Alaska. Several interactive features bring the information to life for children. The park rangers were very helpful and informative, as was the movie. Well worth a visit.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ketchikan is located in the midst of the Tongass National Forest, the largest temperate rain forest in the world, so if you're interested in understanding the environment of southeast Alaska, this is the place to start. The exhibits explore the forest, Native Alaskan life and culture, and the industries of SE Alaska; they are attractive and informative. There were plenty... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The displays were amazing and the center was beautiful. However, the ranger told us they were closing by shutting off the lights while we were still trying to exit. He gave us no warning just starting following behind us telling us he needed to close up because he couldn't leave until we were all out. No fifteen minutes warning -... More 

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Travis M, Assistant Director at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, responded to this review

The center stops collecting entrance fees at 3:30 p.m. and closes promptly at 4 p.m., and we do notify all late-arriving visitors as they enter that the center will close at that time. Our staff walk through the exhibits at closing time and follow visitors out to ensure that all visitors have left the building, because it is an obvious... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

This gives you great information on Alaskan wildlife and flora. There are interactives for kids. Cheap tour...

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New Delhi, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

I underestimated this one but it is actually very well done. Very close to dock 1, 2 and 3. The whole set up inside portrays life in the city since old times, native culture, craft, fishing business and tourism. Maximum one hour and you will come out loaded with knowledge. Friendly staff, nice building with amenities. $5 per adult.

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Travis M, Assistant Director at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, responded to this review

We're glad you left pleasantly surprised! Thanks for your comments about our staff and offerings, and we hope you enjoyed your visit to Southeast Alaska. More 

lawton oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Varied movies last 15 minutes and start every half hour. Children activities are for all children and displayed artistically. These historical as well as artistic exhibits makes learning about the area easily obtainable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

I visited this Center as I had an hour to spend and did not want to shop. It was fascinating and I would have liked about another 30-45 minutes to explore it further. The exhibits show historic and current tribal culture and life style. There are scenes of nature including flora and fauna. Movies about Alaska run continuously in its... More 

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