The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive

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The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive

The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive
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12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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The Valdez Museum preserves and presents the heritage and culture of Valdez, the Copper River Basin, and Prince William Sound.
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Brian D
Denver, CO2,029 contributions
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.
Written October 6, 2020
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Rhys J
Llanbedr, UK2,933 contributions
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My wife and I enjoyed our morning visit to the museum during our two night stay at the Mountain Sky Hotel, Valdez as part of our escorted ‘Natural Wonders of Alaska’ tour with Titan Travel. This museum and archive occupies two sites in Valdez - the Valdez Museum on Egan and the Valdez Museum on Hazelet. We only had time to visit the Valdez Museum on Egan and what a find! It's unassuming building contains a museum as well as a well stocked book and gift shop with some unique items on sale. The museum has a wealth of historical collections tracing the community’s history from its founding to modern times. The well laid out exhibits contain a variety of artifacts (including a wonderful fire engine), textiles, photographs, documents and audio visual materials, all contributing to tell the story of Valdez. I noticed that a number of items were on loan from private collections, indicating that it's rich and diverse collections belongs to the whole community and that they are proud of their history and heritage. The collections are also important to Alaska as they are a record of life in a small frontier town and provide an insight into some key national events in it's history. I learnt so much about the Gold Rush, the 1964 Earthquake, construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System and the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill.

This museum evolved from the first museum established in Valdez in 1901 by prospector, Joseph Bourke. He put together a small exhibit of “curiosities” that were displayed in various buildings around Valdez. All that changed in 1964, the year of the Alaska Earthquake, which struck Valdez and the town buildings including those housing the exhibits. The buildings were condemned following the earthquake and the community was relocated to the present town site and the home of this fascinating museum. This well run and maintained museum by welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable staff is well worth a visit.
Written January 21, 2017
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Jennie O
Ferndale, WA41 contributions
Family
You get admission to the Old Valdez museum down the street. This is a really nice museum, recreations of miners cabins, old saloon, history of the area including the oil spill. If you're here and need a place to spend a rainy afternoon, this is a great place.
Written June 11, 2012
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Carol R
Worcester, UK338 contributions
We spent about an hour at this museum as it was very interesting. It showed the art and culture of the town with lots of artifacts as well. It is very well laid out, and the staff are also very helpful.
Written August 6, 2019
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Braveheartww57
Galveston, TX60 contributions
Family
Stopping in at the Valdez museum while we waited for time to check in to our hotel, we we're treated to some very interesting local history. The exhibits- the history of the town, the 1964 Earthquake, and the Valdez spill were all riveting. Kids were free. Everyone enjoyed going through the museum. It was very well done, and well worth our time.
Written July 21, 2018
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Shelly D
64 contributions
Couples
We learned about the oil spill and the gold mining. It was a nice and informative museum and the staff was very friendly. I liked the old bar area where you put in cards to answer questionnaire.
We wished there was a little bit more of a flow to the museum. At one point we weren't sure where to go and ended up going towards the oil spill section before the gold mine section.
Written December 8, 2017
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Paula T
Omaha, NE31 contributions
Friends
We only had an hour and needed more time to do the place justice.
They opened up for our group on Sunday prior to our water tour. Historical perspective of the oil spill and the damage done.
Written June 3, 2017
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darthdes
Hayward, CA131 contributions
Family
Was here on 7/27 on an escorted guided tour of Alaska and admission was included in this tour.

Well run and maintained museum. Concentrated on local history, local Native culture and recreations of how Alaskans lived in the 19th and early 20th Century. They had an early red fire engine that served Valdez. They had an exhibit on the Exxon Valdez oil spill, short videos on bush pilot flying, a recreated bar, US Army Alaskan artifacts. Kids arts and crafts.

Was at the Egan Street facility (there are two locations, did not know about the second facility on Hazelet Ave and Meals Street).

Souvenir gift and book shop. Rest rooms. About $7/person. About 2 hours. Well worth it if you are staying in Valdez (within walking distance of the hotels. Everything is in walking distance in Valdez.). Friendly staff.
Written August 10, 2014
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HRL
Christchurch, New Zealand163 contributions
Couples
We spent only a short hour here but could have stayed longer. This is a small museum but well done. Watch the 40minute video. The best bit to us was the gentleman who was manning the fort. Should have got his name. He was a baby in old Valdez shortly after the 1964 quake and was a mine of information, not just on the old and new Valdez history but on the surrounding animals, lands and seas. Made the experience very personal, having things like his grandmother's house pointed out in the model village display. The small entry fee is great as it gives you access to both of the town's museums and is valid for a year! We loved Valdez, a real highlight of our three months in Alaska, and this little museum was part of the joy we found in this lovely little town.
Written April 2, 2014
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RexallWillie
Atlanta, GA181 contributions
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Spend at least an hour and talk with the dolcents. Every thing from the pioneers and natives to the pipe line to the oil spill, to the salmon fishing, to the earthquake.
Written September 17, 2013
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