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Totem Heritage Center
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$700.00*
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Private Tour on 14 Passenger Shuttle Bus in Ketchikan Alaska
Ranked #8 of 61 things to do in Ketchikan
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed July 9, 2014

It is a pleasant walk up to the Heritage Center. Inside they have original Totems that have been preserved. We only spent about 1/2 hour in the center but found what they had was quite interesting and worth the visit

Thank Diane D
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Reviewed July 7, 2014

I can't even express how worthwhile this museum is! There's a free bus (look for the salmon painted on it) that gives you a nice little tour around town. The center is only like $4 pp and from what they said, even at that some people come up and then decide not to go in. I know the place is small, but it is so far beyond worth 4 bucks!

When you enter, there are original historic totems that were saved and moved here. The ones at Totem Bight are recreations. There are lots of bentwood boxes and other items on display. Here's the key to this place, though: talk to the docents! I didn't catch her name, but I spent a long time chatting with a college-aged girl who grew up in Saxman Village. She was so wonderfully informative and really brought the Tlingit culture alive for me. We learned a lot about the different kinds of totems: family, individual, shame, etc. After that, whenever we looked at a totem pole, we could identify the different animals and what type of totem it was. Very worthwhile!

1  Thank mlkmnsgrl
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Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

We took the free downtown bus to the heritage centre. Entrance fee was $5.00 pp. Its a small centre filled with old totem poles found in Alaska and lots of information. We enjoyed the facility but it may be a bit dull for kids.

Thank Another_Excursion
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Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

Short fun ride from ship to the center. We really enjoyed the center and learning about the totems' history. Although small, it was nice. We also loved the little park adjacent to the center. We walked around and took some great photos!

1  Thank Ellada H
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Reviewed June 19, 2014

This museum features a collection of 100 year old+ totem poles and details the construction process, significance and history of them. It isn't very big. There are plenty of docents there to explain what you are looking it at. You need not take a tour here. It is a Blue Star museum so military families get in free!

1  Thank johnbcobb
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