Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum

Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum, Valdez: Hours, Address, Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum Reviews: 5/5

Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum

Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Carol R
Worcester, UK338 contributions
Jul 2019
This museum is very different, having all the animals in life size form inside. It really gives you a feel for the true size of the animals. It is also very child friendly ad touchy feely for the children.
Written August 6, 2019
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DKinTX
Dallas, TX53 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
Such an interesting collection of artifacts wonderfully displayed. This is one of the more beautiful and well organized museums we've been in. The animal displays were some of the best we've seen in Alaska.
Written October 3, 2018
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Deana S
34 contributions
Jun 2016 • Family
This is a great little museum with wonderful displays. Best part is it's also free and better than the paid museum in town. #BobtheMoose
Written June 12, 2016
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IHC1980
Vancouver, WA10 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
The museum has done a great job of displaying many interesting artifacts from all over the state. They had both native and non-native displays.
Written August 10, 2015
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TNKaz
Kingston, TN393 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
This museum, at the Prince William Sound Community College, is really superb! I think it is the best display of trophy class mounted animals that I have ever seen. Polar and grizzly bears, moose, caribou, musk ox and others are included in the display of big game animals. We really enjoyed this museum of Alaskan life, culture, and wildlife, which includes one of the largest private collections of Native Alaskan art and artifacts in the world. This is worth visiting! And it is FREE, although donations are appreciated.
Written September 29, 2014
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SubarcticHomebody
Anchorage, AK326 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
We live in Alaska and are regular museum visitors whenever we visit towns in our state: Fairbanks, Seward, Anchorage, and Valdez. We stopped in here one Thursday afternoon. Admission was free, with a donation requested. The museum is administered by the Prince William Sound Community College and is housed in a building connected to it's campus. This museum has only one large gallery and houses the collection of long-time Alaskan Maxine Whitney, who accumulated these items traveling about the state purchasing art and artifacts for sale in her gift shop.

The interpretive displays contain an interesting discussion of what makes something art and whether art created for the commercial or tourist market is somehow tainted by the commercial motivation. There is also interesting information about the trade schools that taught young Alaska Natives to carve and weave. A free interpretive booklet detailing the life and collection of Maxine Whitney and her husband, Jesse, and giving more information about some of the items in the collection is available at the entrance.

I was particularly impressed by the collection of ivory carvings. There were many from different artists around the state and they were grouped by theme. Particularly unusual was a set of airplanes commissioned by Maxine Whitney to commemorate the history of flight in Alaska.

This collection and display is not particularly child friendly, but there is a scavenger hunt, word find and coloring page at the back of the interpretive booklet. I wish the docents staffing the front entry had mentioned this to me when we entered. Other parents may want to know.
Written July 25, 2014
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AmericanOdyssey
Valdez, AK186 contributions
Jan 2013 • Couples
The Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum is connected to Prince William Sound Community College. This little museum has a great collection of Alaskan artifacts, and is free to the public (but donations are welcome).

The nice thing about this museum is the collection is just large enough to you a good introduction to Alaska. I am not much of the museum guy. However, this one is just right. I can enjoy it, and not feel like I have been stuck indoors all day.
Written April 4, 2013
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shanec
Calgary, Canada2,126 contributions
Aug 2019
A incredible private collection of Alaskan artefacts and taxidermy that is very well presented. The Museum is small but the large collection is well laid out. There is a nice collection of rocks for anyone interested in Geology and my wife enjoyed the clothing, basket weaving and jewellery. I was impressed by the Taxidermy specimens which were expertly done and you get a true size of the animals. The staff was also very friendly and informative willing to answer questions about the Whitney's and their amazing collection.
Written December 23, 2019
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mcorozco129
Valledupar, Colombia285 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
What I loved about this museum is that you can really see the size of Alaskan wildlife. I never thought a polar bear would be so big! It is a beautiful collection of taxidermy (it sounds creepy but its cool). The artifacts of native alaskan its also very very cool, and you can visit it for free!
Written July 4, 2019
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alanb
Lewes, UK472 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
To find such an array of artefacts collected by one person is quite remarkable. The museum is well laid out and gives you a broad overview of natural Alaskan art and customs.
Allow at least an hour for your visit.
Written August 19, 2018
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