Sitka Sound Science Center
Sitka Sound Science Center
4.5
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
About
Get up close and personal with tidepool creatures in the touch tanks in the aquarium, learn about salmon in the hatchery, or explore science, history, and exclusive spaces on our Behind the Scenes tour! Support sustainable and Alaskan businesses by shopping in our gift shop, or enjoy lunch at the Chowder Cart. The Sitka Sound Science Center is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of aquatic, marine, and terrestrial ecosystems of coastal Alaska through education and research.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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CocoNola
New Orleans, LA23 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
I was excited about visiting a salmon hatchery on our Alaskan cruise. I thought it would be interesting to be there while the salmon were spawning. We learned that the salmon that were hatched here do swim back against the stream to return to this hatchery. Salmon begin to deteriorate as soon as they enter fresh water. Even before they spawn, many will be unfit to eat. Once they arrive back at the hatchery, they return in such large numbers that they slam themselves against the gate to get in. They are very desperate to get back in the gate, and I must say that it was pretty disturbing to see. Because there were so many, the hatchery closes the gates so they can’t naturally return to where they want to be. When they finally are let in, there is no where for them to go so they are whacked in the head with a bat and killed instantly. We were pretty alarmed to see that . We understand that the hatchery is doing what they can to assist the salmon industry in Alaska, but it was shocking to watch them smack the salmon in the head to kill them. Not sure I’d be comfortable watching this again.
Written September 19, 2023
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Scott W
7 contributions
Jun 2023
This is a place to kill some time, but it is not a science center. It is a small aquarium and a small hatchery. We went after salmon season, so the hatchery was not very interesting, but if you went when the salmon were there, there would probably be more to see. The staff was friendly and the cost was low, so if you are on a budget and have some kids, this is not a bad stop. They have some nice touch tanks.
Written June 25, 2023
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Malia Y
Sacramento, CA10 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
My review is based on watching hundreds of salmon throw themselves against the bars at the top of the salmon ladder as they try in vain to return to their spawning grounds. What a horrific way to treat one of Alaska’s most important species. Tourists to Sitka should avoid the walking path with a clear view of this atrocity.
Written September 6, 2021
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Justin M
Kigali, Rwanda1 contribution
May 2014 • Friends
I recently visited Sitka and, in the (much too short) week that I was there, hit up the Sitka Sound Science Center 3 times. In addition to a wonderfully knowledgeable and friendly staff, fun touch tank (don't miss the sea anemone!), and incredible salmon life cycle knowledge, the SSSC has hands down the best swag in town.

Check out their gift shop for incredible chowder and a wide range of marvelously soft and cleverly designed science and sea life-themed t-shirts. Additionally you can pick up all sorts of goodies for any age including books, bags, scarves, mugs, jewellery, and nifty paper rubber band-powered boats. My friends and I couldn't help buying tons of stuff for ourselves plus gifts for all our peeps unfortunate enough to not be there with us. Best way to commemorate your visit to Sitka!

Simply put: DON'T MISS IT.
Written May 19, 2014
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Jamie C
Beardstown, IL70 contributions
Aug 2019
This is really just a room with a few touch tanks and a salmon hatchery. It was a very disappointing and expensive 15 minute visit.
Written August 19, 2019
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oyyveyy
Orange, CA722 contributions
What a fantastic little gem! Yes, it's small. For $5 a head I wasn't expecting the Monterey Aquarium. There were several touch tanks with lots of little creatures. There were many types of starfish and the kids enjoyed learning to tell the difference. There were also a few tanks in the wall that had a surprising number of interesting creatures if you looked long enough. There were small signs telling you about each thing, but the docents in there were also happy to give the kids and teens more information.
Since it was August we were fortunate that the salmon hatchery was in full swing. We wandered around and looked at the tanks, then I poked my head in a small outbuilding and asked the man inside if he could tell us a little about the tray system they had for growing the eggs. It turned out he was a resident biologist, and he came out and explained the entire operation to the kids, which made it just that much more fascinating. He was really interesting to listen to. The icing on the cake were the THOUSANDS of spawning salmon that were making their way back into the area.

We also had lunch at the small cafe on site that it operated by Ludvig's. They had a spicy salmon and sausage chowder that was pretty good. I had the Cajun salmon sandwich, which was excellent. The kids had a ham and cheese that they enjoyed.

The whole thing (minus lunch) took us about an hour, I'd say. We combined it with a visit to the Sheldon Jackson museum across the street, a walk through totem park, and a visit to the raptor center. All four things combined took us about 3 1/2 hours. And you can easily walk to all of it from the harbor or downtown.
Written August 19, 2012
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Bak79
12 contributions
Jun 2020
Small but excellent. If you can catch them feeding shrimp to the red pacific octopus, that's the best!
Written June 10, 2020
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larryl0ebig
Forestville, CA104 contributions
May 2019
There is a chowder place right next door that is amazing. Nice walk from downtown. If you like a non touristy place that is recommended by the locals - it is worth a visit.
Written February 11, 2020
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Kym Z
United States38 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
Very knowledgeable and friendly staff! I learned a lot about Salmon and their life cycle! The exhibits were informative and very interesting. I don't ever recall being that up close and personable with an Octopus before :)
Written July 7, 2019
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dcyonce
Frisco, TX545 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
The highlight of this aquarium is the Salmon Hatchery. The tour guide went into depth about how and why they hatch little salmon here. She was wonderful, very knowledgeable, and patiently answers many questions from our group.

Inside the building, they have lots of sea critters that you can touch. Sea Cucumbers, Anemones, very large star fish, etc.
Written September 22, 2018
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Sitka Sound Science Center - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)