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“An Excellent museum to see and learn about Eagles!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of American Bald Eagle Foundation Museum

American Bald Eagle Foundation Museum
Ranked #11 of 35 things to do in Haines
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The American Bald Eagle Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization located in Haines, Alaska. Since opening in 1994, our aim is to educate and inspire guests from around the world about the American bald eagle and interconnected species through our natural history museum and raptor center. Anyone who passes through our doors will take a walk through the cultural and natural history of Southeast Alaska. Let our staff guide you to understanding and appreciating the ecology of our unique region.
Albany, Oregon
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“An Excellent museum to see and learn about Eagles!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2013

During our recent visit to Haines, we spent an amazing afternoon at the American Bald Eagle Foundation. Located right on the main road, there is plenty of room for parking.

Once inside this museum, the presentation is amazing. We enjoyed listening and watching Brian give his presentation of the two resident male bald eagles on site. Plus, he took the extra time to answer all of our many questions. The area that the eagles live in is clean with many areas for them to interact within. You can tell that these animals are well cared for and have been given a great home to live in, while providing the public an educational experience!

Next, we walked around the museum. You can find and buy wonderful items in their extensive gift shop!

We continued to walk through into a larger space where staff/interns present to their visitors other beautiful birds that are receiving care in their facility. In particular, we enjoyed the presentation that Ruby gave of "Max" who is a merlin (a type of falcon.) We learned the many details of the this beautiful creature's: eating habits, hunting skills, and other interesting details. The other interns took turns presenting other birds as well through our day. It was a joy to see these animals and to learn more about them.

We moved into a larger room, and sat in the middle of a diorama of the local Chilkat environment. It was beautiful. Many animals, birds, and fish are on display. You can walk through at your own pace, and read all the information about each animal. It is an amazing collection of the local animal population. An extra benefit is having interns come in, bringing with them another bird to introduce you to and to learn about. You can tell that these interns care about the birds that they handle, have learned their information/details about them, and present it to us the visitor in a wonderful, loving way. Afterwards will answer any questions you may ask.

This facility is a non-profit foundation that cares of injured bald eagles and other birds that are unable to be returned to the wild to live. It is an amazing educational facility that both adults and children will enjoy. We appreciate that these individuals are here to care for these beautiful animals.

A must see!!

The Nicholson Family
Albany, OR

Visited June 2013
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Whitehorse, Canada
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“Fun and Informative!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013

The museum is a great addition to your visit. I visited this museum with my two small children and they absolutely loved it! Above the amazing taxidermy the Bald Eagle Foundation brings in knowledgeable interns with live owls or hawks and can answer all of your questions about them. We enjoyed a short presentation about the owls and hawks and then viewed an Eagle feeding. They have two Eagles that are unable to survive in the wild and they are amazing to see somewhat up close. Do take the time to stop here, you won't regret it!

Visited June 2013
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Haines Junction, Canada
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“Amazing museum, really informative live bird encounters”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

I took my kids and brother and his family here a few weeks ago. The museum is amazing, especially for a small place- has so many different species on display and tons of neat info. They also have live eagles and other smaller raptors (like tiny owls) they walk around with that the kids loved to meet close up. The staff were so friendly and spent extra time talking to the kids and showing them things about the birds-- we were so impressed. I had been here before years ago but had forgotten how nice it is, and how cool it is to see for kids and family from out of town. It is not all that well advertised.

Visited April 2013
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“Wonderful Place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

Haines is great, but you have to stop at the American Bald Eagle Foundation if you are there, especially if it's during the Bald Eagle Festival in the fall! Aside from that, the birds are well-cared for, the staff and volunteers are extremely well-trained and helpful - if you've ever had a question about eagles or other raptors, they'll give you a good answer. They LOVE their birds! The museum has one of the best collections of bald eagle specimens, among other birds, fish, and mammals. If you're lucky, founder Dave is often around and he's always got something fascinating to say!

It's a must-see part of Alaska!

Visited February 2012
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Whitehorse, Canada
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“You get more out of it on the outside”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2012

It's not that I do not recommend going there, but you get much more out of visiting Haines by walking and driving outdoors... You can see tons of wildlife, beautiful scenery, mountains, oceans, Haines has it all....

Visited November 2012
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