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Totem Heritage Center
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Private Tour on 14 Passenger Shuttle Bus in Ketchikan Alaska
Ranked #6 of 56 things to do in Ketchikan
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Owner description: The Totem Heritage Center was established in 1976 to house and preserve endangered 19th century totem poles retrieved from uninhabited Tlingit and Haida village sites near Ketchikan and to preserve and promote Native artistic and cultural traditions through traditional classes. The Center is home to 33 authentic poles, numerous historic images, and Native art works. Educational and interpretive tours are available.
Lake George, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Worth the visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

Great info on totem art along with wonderful exhibits of totems from throughout the region. Be sure to get the tour!

Visited July 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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“Informative center”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2013

The insight that this gave us for all the totems we would eventually see on our SE Alaska trip (Ketchikan was our first stop) was so helpful. How great that they have worked to preserve these works that were on the verge on decaying into the forest floor. Also a great place to escape from the hordes of cruise ship passengers, very few of whom seemed to want to walk up the hill to this center. Their loss!

Visited August 2013
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Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“The history was good, but not much to see.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2013

We had limited time in Ketchikan because of the tours we were doing but considering we were in Alaska we had to stop here. Kind of wish we didn't. Did enjoy the walk to the center. The history and really old totem poles were very interesting to see but it was so small we finished in 10 minutes.

Visited August 2013
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“A must see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

another great opportunity to see and learn about the Alaskan Culture as is pertains to the Totem. Many very old totems have been salvaged and preserved for visitor enjoyment.

Visited September 2012
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“A nice stop on a self tour of Ketchikan”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

Arrive on a rainy morning on the star princess cruise ship. Right in front of the cruise port is an information office which provide directions for must see spots to see on a self-tour. One of the stop is the Totem Heritage Center where you can hop on a free shuttle bus (every 20 minutes) in front of the info center and it takes less than 10 minutes ride to the Totem Heritage Center.

The center is small but contain some unique century old totem poles as they appear and used in the various native village. Lots of information on the native culture and the meaning and use of the totem poles. Entrance fee is just $5 per adult and well worth the trip especially on a rainy day where field trip to see some of the open air totem poles parks is less desirable.

Coming back from the totem heritage center on the free shuttle bus, do stop at the bridge to see swarms of salmon fish trying to swim upstream to spawn.

Visited August 2013
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