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Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

50 Main St, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6559
+1 907-228-6220
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Missed open hours but met awesome ranger

We didn't realize the hours it was open and just missed it. However a ranger coming out was super... read more

Reviewed 26 August 2017
Craig Z
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Excellent centre for this area

This is an excellent way to start your visit to Ketchikan. Beautiful building holding many... read more

Reviewed 26 August 2017
Liz H
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The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center is the gateway to the Tongass National Forest. Located just one block from the cruise ship docks in downtown Ketchikan, you can explore the amazing ecology of the coastal rainforest, connect with the rich cultures of the region's native peoples, enjoy Junior Ranger activities with your kids and experience Alaska's rainforest from the comfort of our theatre through an 18-minute, high-definition film.
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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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50 Main St, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6559
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+1 907-228-6220
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"forest service"
in 15 reviews
"tongass national forest"
in 14 reviews
"senior pass"
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"parks pass"
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"the national park service"
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"nice exhibits"
in 5 reviews
"great museum"
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"excellent film"
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"scavenger hunt"
in 7 reviews
"admission fee"
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"natural history"
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"great introduction"
in 5 reviews
"cruise ship docks"
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"couple of hours"
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"walking tour"
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"on display"
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"salmon ladder"
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Reviewed August 26, 2017 via mobile

We didn't realize the hours it was open and just missed it. However a ranger coming out was super cool with our 5 year old son and ran back in for the Junior Ranger activity book and said we could mail it in for the...More

2  Thank Craig Z
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Reviewed August 26, 2017 via mobile

This is an excellent way to start your visit to Ketchikan. Beautiful building holding many interesting interactive exhibits and a film about the salmon industry in this area. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff make this a good place to visit for all the family.

1  Thank Liz H
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Reviewed August 25, 2017

A very nice place to bring family and friend to visit. This is our first stop in town. We glad that we stop here. There is a presentation movie about the people and town. this presentation helped us more appreciate when we walk around the...More

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Reviewed August 22, 2017

Very nice little Museum, educational for the little ones, they even have a little scavenger hunt for kids, lets them check off items that they find throughout the museum. Helps to keep them engaged. Great for adults as well, our family really enjoyed it.

1  Thank susiewilliams2017
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Reviewed August 21, 2017

This is a wonderful place to bring your family and friends. It informs one about the flora and wild life in Southeastern Alaska, the culture and the developement of the area. You can use your National Park Pass here for Seniors

1  Thank 2ketchikan
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Reviewed August 20, 2017

The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center is operated by the US Forest Service as it is about the Tongass National Forest. It is so well organized and presented that it outdoes many better-funded National Park Visitor Centers. The building has a soaring central hall more than...More

1  Thank Dutch Brother
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Reviewed August 12, 2017 via mobile

This museums are a very nice and accessible overview of Alaska for the crusing tourist. You can complete the tour in about 20 min unless you sit for one of the shows. Covers some general topics that can frame southeast Alaska.

Thank Ron M
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Reviewed August 7, 2017

We visited the SE Alaska Discovery Center in order to purchase my husband's Senior Pass. We decided to watch one of the movies they play in the theater (float planes in Alaska). The movie was only about 30 minutes and was very informative. There are...More

1  Thank FrogDogGirl
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Reviewed August 6, 2017 via mobile

Great spot to start the day in Alaska's first city, learning about the Tongass National Forest (had no idea Alaska had rainforest!). $5 admission for adults, and my 11 and 9 year old were free. Since it's a National Park site, admission is covered with...More

Thank MarathonMom12
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Reviewed July 29, 2017

SE Alaska Discovery Centre is worth a walk around for $5. It's probably more suited to children than adults but it provides a lot of interesting facts about the area and is particularly suitable if the weather is poor. It's not a must do but...More

Thank Jan O
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