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Totem Heritage Center

601 Deermount St, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6611
+1 907-225-5900
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The Totem Heritage Center was established in 1976 to house and preserve endangered 19th century totem poles retrieved from uninhabited Tlingit and Haida village sites near Ketchikan and to preserve and promote Native artistic and cultural traditions through traditional classes. The Center is home to 33 authentic poles, numerous historic images, and Native art works. Educational and interpretive tours are available.
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601 Deermount St, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6611
+1 907-225-5900
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is a very worthwhile way to spend an hour or so. This is an important part of history that this place helps preserve. A must see. An easy walk from Creek Street! Take rain gear, as it showers on and off!

Thank supercubber
Reviewed 5 days ago

The heritage center is easily accessible for all ages. The shuttle in Ketchikan from the cruise port is complimentary, and this is one of the hop on-hop off stops, not far from Creek Street. Entry is $5 per person. It doesn't take long to visit...More

Thank Frida_Cu
Anita M, Manager at Totem Heritage Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for visiting! The free downtown shuttle is a great way to access both the Totem Heritage Center and the Tongass Historical Museum. It runs on a 25 minute loop so it's a great way to see the museums and Ketchikan.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Walk up Creek Street by the creek to the top and you will find the Totem Heritage Center. Great examples of old native Alaskan totems, history, types, etc. Custom almost died after 1900 but this center helped renew interest and carving skills!

Thank Bob J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On a rainy day in Ketchikan, this was a neat way to spend our afternoon. We learned a lot from the information and pictures posted around the center, but we learned the most by talking to the employee who was incredibly knowledgeable about the history...More

Thank Courtney B
Anita M, Manager at Totem Heritage Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for visiting and for taking the time to learn more from our tour guides! Our guides really appreciate visitors like you who are interested in knowing more about Ketchikan, our history and heritage. Safe travels!

Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked to this location from town after our excursion. Seeing the older totems was pretty cool, but the center is so tiny. We were hoping to see a lot more.More

Thank Gretchen P
Anita M, Manager at Totem Heritage Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We don't often hear the word "tiny" used with totem poles ;). We would encourage all of our visitors to spend time with our tour guides to get more insight into the incredibly rich and complex cultures behind the totem poles - it definitely gives...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Saw several salvaged totem poles. Learned about the various types. The hosts were able to answer any question you could come up with.

Thank Thomas H S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well maintained, run and factual Museum. Although small, Really good information re artefacts of local indigenous totem pole history. Worth a visit and the $5 per adult entrance fee.

Thank AustraliaBeachbum
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just did a drive by on a harbour cruise, guide was informative regarding the history of the totem heritage center

Thank 106maurenm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

During our two day stay in Ketchikan we visited the Totem Heritage Center, Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, the Totem Museum and took a bus out to Totem Bight Park. Of these, the Totem Heritage would be my priority since it provided by far the best...More

Thank MichiganWildflower
Anita M, Manager at Totem Heritage Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for taking the time to visit the Totem Heritage Center! We're glad that you enjoyed your time in Ketchikan.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We hadn't planned on going here because we had a guided tour through Totem Bight Park, but our AM tour got shifted to mid afternoon. For the inconvenience of the change we got a brief tour of town and dropped off here. Lucky for us,...More

Thank esgokey
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What is the entrance fee to Totem Heritage Center for adults / seniors / handicapped? How far is it to Totem Bight Park from the Heritage Center? Cost for the Park? Are both places worthwhile to see if you are traveling on the bus and have 5 hours total to get back to the ship??
July 7, 2015|
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Response from Anita M | Property representative |
Glad that you're coming to visit Ketchikan! The Totem Heritage Center features original 19th century totem poles as well as contemporary Northwest Coast art. Admission is just $5/person. We have tour guides available to... More
Annette B
what's the easiest way to get there from the cruise ship??? how far a walk is it and is there an entrance fee for seniors??
May 18, 2015|
Response from Anita M | Property representative |
The easiest way to get to the Totem Heritage Center from the docks is to take the free downtown shuttle (look for the city bus that says "free shuttle"). The shuttle runs on a 30-minute loop and stops in front of the... More