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“Good Free Museum and Quality Store”

Corrington's Museum of Alaskan History
Ranked #32 of 59 things to do in Skagway
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Owner description: Combination museum/gift shop contains detailed account of Alaska's history.
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Good Free Museum and Quality Store”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2012

This is a good place. The museum is small but really nice; take the time to visit and then browse the store, which has beautiful items. We visited several years ago and fell in love with the Rhythm clocks but didn't buy one. This time we made a beeline for Corrington's and purchased one. They are very easy to deal with - no sales pressure at all, and good knowledge of the merchandise. .

Visited June 2012
3 Thank SeeMoreUSA
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Surprise, Arizona
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82 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Free museum worth a look!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2012

We took our boys here after driving up to the Yukon and Emerald Lake for the day. Our youngest son requested to stop on our way back as we drove out that morning. We had a great time making our way through, and there were also many beautiful pieces for sale as you made your way through the museum. The store was great, and I found a few Christmas Ornaments here that were Alaskan Made as well.

Visited May 2012
3 Thank AZWagges
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Arcadia, CA
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“A Jewel at the Gateway to Gold Country”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2011

Corrington's Alaskan Ivory and Museum is an outstanding private collection that spans the long and surprising history of Alaska that charges no admission fee. It is located at Fifth and Broadway at the far end of the "Old Town" tourist area. It would be tempting to walk quickly through this small area at the back of the store but take your time to appreciate its many outstanding exhibits not to be seen anywhere, even in "fancy museums".

Upon entering you see a large mammoth tusk (over 10,000 years old) , next to a smaller one which has been hand carved with three-dimensional Ice Age hunting scenes. There are several great examples of scrimshaw (etched walrus tusk), the intriguing Civil War story of a Confederate ship sinking Yankee whalers in the Arctic, beautiful artifacts from the Russian Period, the early days of harpooning, dogsled equipment from the 1897 Gold Rush, and photos and tales of early aviators and greedy ship captains. There is also some excellent Native American art, such as wicker-like baskets made from the baleen of whale mouths (a weaving tradition almost as extinct as the mammoths). Don't miss the fossilized skulls of a miniature T-Rex and saber-tooth cat!

Enjoy this wonderful place before or after your "authentic" tour of the rest of Skagway. This is the real deal - please consider putting something in the donation box.

Visited August 2011
2 Thank SteveLicata
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Maryville, Tennessee
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122 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Dennis - the KING of SKAGWAY”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2010

Dennis Corrington has created one of the most incredible collections of ivory we have ever seen (and we have seen a great deal in various maritime museums throughout the world). The ivory on display here is astonishing for a "small" museum. The Baleen baskets are gorgeous. This museum is located at Broadway and 5th Street - easily found as Broadway is the "main" thoroughfare. I had read that if you wanted to purchase baskets, this was the place and I am grateful to the person who wrote that bit of advice! We purchased a gorgeous basket with a carved ivory Eagle on the top of the lid, beaver fur around the lid and trade beads down the side. I could have easily purchased a dozen baskets, as each one was beautiful (and the prices were reasonable - there is something for everyone here). Don't settle for some of the port shops when you can find something unique in this wonderful place. I should say that "Don" was especially helpful and friendly. He showed us some of the collection before we entered the museum itself. Skagway is my favorite port town on the Inside passage and the experience we had at the Corrington made it even better.

5 Thank ninjaqueen
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Hoquiam, Washington, USA
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“Beautiful Ivory Jewelry and Baleen Baskets!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2006

On our cruise ship stop in Skagway on 6/27/06, I visited this museum and gallery. This free museum is itself well worth the visit, but the jewelry and other Alaskan art is very reasonably priced. My friend bought two beautiful mammoth ivory necklaces, after the clerk remarked that the shorter (and less expensive) ones were most becoming for her. I fell in love with the tiny grey baleen baskets, but did not purchase one this day. After returning home, and having seen similar baskets for 2x to 4x the price in Sitka and Anchorage, I ordered one from here and it arrived safely within 10 days.

9 Thank csurbeck
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