We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.


Tongass Historical Museum
Ranked #28 of 58 things to do in Ketchikan
Certificate of Excellence
Attraction details
Level 6 Contributor
120 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed June 8, 2012

We blew through in about ten minutes. It is very small, and to us as 'locals' didn't have a lot of appeal. The Alaskan State Museum in Juneau is much more interesting historically, while Tongass seems to be more about recent history and the local industries like fishing and logging. It was ok, but there were a couple of old broken displays that should have been removed, and I just didn't get the feeling that the staff were really trying because of it.
Ketchikan is a really interesting place, and personally I learned a lot more by visiting Creek Street, and just taking the time to stroll around town a little and absorb the sights than looking at old fishing and logging gear in a glass display.

Visited May 2012
2 Thank Elwood_Seattle
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

95 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Take The Time!”
Reviewed March 6, 2012

The Tongass Historical Museum is one of my favorite places. I wish the staff had the room to display all the bits and pieces of Ketchikan's history they have----you know there are treasures packed away because they don't have enough space. The staff is thoroughly knowledgeable, their displays are clearly the result of much thought and experience, and they're always friendly. If you are the kind of person who wants to know something about the places you visit other than where the best restaurants are and where the shopping is, you will be glad you stopped here. A $2 fee is dead cheap for the opportunity to support a local, year-round museum.

Visited February 2012
2 Thank AkOne
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Las Vegas, Nevada - USA
Level 6 Contributor
565 reviews
129 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 566 helpful votes
“City owned museum”
Reviewed June 19, 2010

My group and I went to the museum after leaving our cruise ship. Museum was opened on a Sunday and is a short walk from the dock. Half of the building has museum items and the other half is a library.

There are lots of photos of Ketchikan’s history along with vintage artifacts. It is a self-guided tour, and one must read descriptions on the wall (lots of reading). Photos include early settlers in the area. Took us 40 minutes to see and read everything, as the museum was full of other visitors. A restroom is available in the lobby area.

The cost to enter the museum is $2.00. If you are a person that does not like to read or has a short attention span, then this is not the place for you. We enjoyed learning more about the city’s past. Is a good stopping place for a City Shuttle to pass through (not sure how much it costs, name of shuttle, etc.).

4 Thank VegasBling
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Richmond, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
117 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
“Interesting History”
Reviewed October 7, 2009

This museum is small and can easily be seen in about 30 minutes. There are other things I'd recommend doing instead if your time is short (the Southeast Discovery Center was very well done, as is the Totem Heritage Center), but if you have a time it is worth the $2 admission. Lots of history in the displays.

4 Thank bqkali
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Been to Tongass Historical Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing