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The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive

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The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive

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217 Egan Dr P. O. Box 8, Valdez, AK 99686-0008
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Set out from Valdez and sail Alaskan waters on this cruise to Columbia Glacier. Head through the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Terminal and Columbia Bay before arriving at the glacier. Look out for wildlife, such as porpoises, puffins, sea lions, and sea otters, while you enjoy commentary from your tour guide.
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Brian D wrote a review Oct 2020
Denver, Colorado1,279 contributions114 helpful votes
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I love this museum. It has great artifacts and is very well planned out. The museum takes you chronologically through the entire history of Valdez from native beginnings to modern life. It chronicles the development of the town and how it became a destination for living as well as visiting. Many interesting artifacts are presented that tie to the stories that are shown throughout the museum. You'll see history of the native Alaskan people, the gold miners, the development of roads and highways, the earthquake, the building of the Alaska pipeline, a sinking cruise ship rescue, the world famous oil spill, and the associated recovery that is still underway today. The staff was very nice and helpful at the museum and they have an excellent souvenir gift shop with a great selection of books and other items. I found the Shrimp Whisperer postcards and calendar here! Fun and unique items like this, not to be missed. If you are visiting Valdez, you need to stop in here for the full history of this great town. Don't forget to look out front on the lawn for the permanent resident bunnies that roam free in Valdez.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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I_Like_Cats_12 wrote a review Sep 2020
Lackland Heights, Texas580 contributions70 helpful votes
This was a nice museum to get some history on Valdez. Free parking and entrance is a reasonable price. Right across from visitor center so see both in one stop.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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shanec wrote a review Dec 2019
Calgary, Canada2,137 contributions205 helpful votes
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Very well laid out Museum for its size. Informative exhibits on all aspects of life in the Valdez area. Daily life of families to natural and commercial history, and unfortunate disasters. All is very well explained and gives you a new found respect for the resilience of the locals.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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jima800 wrote a review Oct 2019
342 contributions124 helpful votes
The two Museums in Valdez do a terrific job of remembering and sharing the history of this part of Alaska. From the days of the gold rush, through the earthquakes and the Valdez Oil Spill its all there. Fascinating and well told. If you have any curiosity about Alaska and the Valdez area this is the perfect place to start
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Gordon R S wrote a review Sep 2019
Oxford, United Kingdom208 contributions77 helpful votes
If you’re in Valdez, this is a must! All the other reviewers have got it spot on. Fascinating historical facts about the area (and the inevitable story regarding the oil spill disaster). Just wish we could have spent more time in there ... (PS. And there’s the inevitable gift shop - l’m not going to live long enough to wear all the T-shirts l bought on this trip ..!)
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Date of experience: September 2019
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