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Totem Heritage Center

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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...more
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601 Deermount St, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6611
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walking distance from cruise ships. Pleasant walk around the area. Small Heritage Centre but worth visiting.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank MavT48
Reviewed November 9, 2018

You can take a nice stroll from Creek street to get to the museum. You will be walking along the creek and catch some salmon action during the spawning season. Otherwise, you can take the free shuttle which will bring you here easily too. It's...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank squirrelflies
Reviewed October 11, 2018

Walked to Totem Heritage Center from Creek Street like many other reviewers have done. Since my hubby and I have already visited other totem heritage centers on our past cruises we opted to skip this museum. From here we hopped on the free shuttle service...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank TexasCatBird
Reviewed October 11, 2018

There is an interesting walk from Creek St. to the Totem Heritage Center. It is a small museum but worth the walk. You can stop off at the Fish Hatchery as well.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Lorraine2010
Reviewed October 1, 2018

This is a good little museum. The lighting was a little poor so it was hard to see some of the exhibits properly. They had a nice selection, though, and good signage. There aren't just totems- there are a lot of other items related to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank AedDubh
Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

We walked to the center from Creek Street. It was a bit of a walk but worth every step! It was amazing to learn about how totems were carved out of live trees and how tradition was to allow them to fall back to earth....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 577SusanH
Reviewed September 21, 2018

This center was interesting as well as educational The center houses a large collection of 19th century totem poles from the Tlingit and Haida clans. Each totem tells a story that is/was important to a particular clan

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank drmommca
Reviewed September 20, 2018

This center and museum has a wonderful collection of 19th century totem poles which were taken from Tlingit and Haida villages in the area. The inhabitants left villages to be closer to the employment and educational opportunities in Ketchikan and this center obtained permission from...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank jer b
Reviewed September 20, 2018

Enjoyed the Native lady who was showing and explaining her arts of beadwork and more. The trails around the center are lovely to hike also.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank backpackingfools
Reviewed September 15, 2018

We visited this museum on September 5, 2018. We had prior to our arrival in Ketchikan learned of this place and determined it would be the first place to visit. Glad we did. The folks talking to us had extreme pride in their heritage and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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April 5, 2018|
Response from Kid_U_Not58 | Reviewed this property |
If you Google "Ketchican Walking Tour Map", you will find a free map which is easy to print out (or you can collect one from the Visitor Information Centre when you arrive). You will find a site called "Explore Ketchican... More
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
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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