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Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

50 Main St, Ketchikan, AK 99901
+1 907-228-6220
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Fantastic opportunity to learn more about Alaska. The displays are fantastic and informational... read more

Reviewed November 14, 2016
Michelle O
Ketchikan, Alaska, United States
nice place

Was surprised by the size of the building, large by Ketchikan standards. Very nice building and... read more

Reviewed October 10, 2016
Bob D
Welches, Oregon
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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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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
50 Main St, Ketchikan, AK 99901
+1 907-228-6220
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Reviewed November 14, 2016

Fantastic opportunity to learn more about Alaska. The displays are fantastic and informational. You can't go wrong.

Thank Michelle O
Reviewed October 10, 2016

Was surprised by the size of the building, large by Ketchikan standards. Very nice building and very informative. Lots of great photos and artifacts. Easy to walk to from about anywhere in town. There is an entrance fee but if you have a National Parks...More

1  Thank Bob D
Reviewed September 18, 2016

You have to go there to experience the historic culture, the first city in Alaska recognized when it became our 49th state in 1959. It was the first stop for gold miners by ship during the "Gold Rush" era from California..

Thank Nora L
Reviewed August 31, 2016

We had only a short time in Ketchikan and wanted to get as broad an overview as we could. This discovery center provided a concise overview of the area including nice exhibits on geology, ecology, history and economy of the area. We had originally thought...More

Thank Roadtripsters2015
Reviewed August 30, 2016

Our cruise ship stopped in Ketchikan for only half a day but I am so glad we fit this place in. It's in the old downtown part of Ketchikan where most tourists go. It's an easy walk from the cruise ship docks. We learned a...More

2  Thank RobInSanDiego
Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

Places for kids to be creative, good exhibits, friendly staff, and all FREE. Couldn"t ask for a better quiet, but fun place, to take a family in such a commercial area.

Thank Jo S
Reviewed August 4, 2016

Enjoyed this center a great deal. Good exhibits and very friendly staff. Enjoyed a great film in their theater about The Artists of Ketchikan. The tourism folks should play up the arts in Ketchikan a lot more - enjoyed this aspect of the town a...More

1  Thank Diane S
Reviewed August 4, 2016

You can get in free with a "seniors" National Park card. Then leave a donation in your state's donation box. We enjoyed the film about the float plane history and pilots. there were also interesting exhibits.

1  Thank Avelave
Reviewed August 3, 2016

We walked around here because it was pouring outside (a frequent occurrence in Ketchikan) and because it seemed like a good opportunity to learn about the natural, cultural and historical elements of southeastern Alaska at the beginning of our cruise through that area. We learned...More

Thank Annie E
Reviewed July 28, 2016

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.

Thank Fran F
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