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“Fantastic docents!”

Sheldon Jackson Museum
Ranked #4 of 52 things to do in Sitka
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

A wonderfully wide selection of artifacts from many tribes of Native Americans in the Alaska area. Very well- preserved.
They have a scavenger hunt for kids, which proved to be a bit challenging for the 7 and 9 year olds with us. They asked the docent for some help, and next thing you knew she was going through the entire thing with the boys, not only helping them find the artifacts but also telling them a lot of additional information about each one. She also noticed that the teen boys weren't completely engaged at first. Next thing you knew she brought out polar bear teeth and lots of pelts for this to feel. She also showed them a lot of hunting implements. The docent is what really made our experience so wonderful.

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Reviewed August 17, 2012

So impressed with the artifacts and how well the native peoples lived and what they fashioned out of grass and fish skin etc. You could spend an entire day here.

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Reviewed August 17, 2012

This is a state operated museum on the campus of a former college. It is located at the north end of Lincoln Street near the Sitka National Park. It is essentially one very large room with the artifacts presented in a logical fashion using display cases and numerous pull-out drawers for smaller items. It is the collection of native AK artifacts collected over 20 years by Mr. Jackson who was a Presbyterian Minister and now houses over 6,000 pieces. Everything is authentic and the staff is professional. There is a small entrance fee.

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Reviewed August 12, 2012

Well worth the $5 admission. So much packed into such a small space. Amazing collection. Fun to open the drawers and see the artifacts/collections arranged inside.

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Reviewed August 7, 2012

It was pretty amazing to see all these artifacts, which are only a small portion of the total collection, which were mostly collected by just one man. It's weird to think that the natives here were making their first contact with Western society just over 100 years ago. Sometimes history isn't quite as long ago as you imagine.

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