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Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

50 Main St, Ketchikan, AK 99901
+1 907-228-6220
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Good exhibits

Only reason I know about this place was that I was wanting to buy a senior pass and had looked it... read more

Reviewed 24 July 2016
parrottdize
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Dyer, Indiana
Closed while ships are in port?

I hate to write this review, since I didn't get to actually visit the building. Our cruise... read more

Reviewed 23 July 2016
I_of_Texas
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Texas
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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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Hours Today: 08:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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50 Main St, Ketchikan, AK 99901
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+1 907-228-6220
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Reviewed 24 July 2016

Only reason I know about this place was that I was wanting to buy a senior pass and had looked it up. It really is a gem of a little place and doesn't take long to go through it. It is located not far from...More

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Reviewed 23 July 2016

I hate to write this review, since I didn't get to actually visit the building. Our cruise itinerary put us, along with two other cruise ships, in Ketchikan on a Sunday. This was one of the places that I'd hoped to tour during our stop....More

Thank I_of_Texas
Travis M, Assistant director at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2016

I understand and share your disappointment at our limited hours. Unfortunately, this summer the center simply does not have sufficient staffing to be open on weekends. We are hopeful that the situation will be resolved in 2017 and allow us to return to a seven-day-per-week...More

Reviewed 22 July 2016

Well done exhibits provide a wealth of information about the geology, nature, history, and economy of southeastern Alaska. Several interactive features bring the information to life for children. The park rangers were very helpful and informative, as was the movie. Well worth a visit.

Thank lupaglupa
Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

Ketchikan is located in the midst of the Tongass National Forest, the largest temperate rain forest in the world, so if you're interested in understanding the environment of southeast Alaska, this is the place to start. The exhibits explore the forest, Native Alaskan life and...More

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Reviewed 25 June 2016 via mobile

The displays were amazing and the center was beautiful. However, the ranger told us they were closing by shutting off the lights while we were still trying to exit. He gave us no warning just starting following behind us telling us he needed to close...More

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Travis M, Assistant Director at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2016

The center stops collecting entrance fees at 3:30 p.m. and closes promptly at 4 p.m., and we do notify all late-arriving visitors as they enter that the center will close at that time. Our staff walk through the exhibits at closing time and follow visitors...More

Reviewed 22 June 2016

This gives you great information on Alaskan wildlife and flora. There are interactives for kids. Cheap tour...

Thank Elizabeth S
Reviewed 16 June 2016

I underestimated this one but it is actually very well done. Very close to dock 1, 2 and 3. The whole set up inside portrays life in the city since old times, native culture, craft, fishing business and tourism. Maximum one hour and you will...More

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Travis M, Assistant Director at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2016

We're glad you left pleasantly surprised! Thanks for your comments about our staff and offerings, and we hope you enjoyed your visit to Southeast Alaska.

Reviewed 15 June 2016

Varied movies last 15 minutes and start every half hour. Children activities are for all children and displayed artistically. These historical as well as artistic exhibits makes learning about the area easily obtainable.

Thank okdudee
Reviewed 15 June 2016

I visited this Center as I had an hour to spend and did not want to shop. It was fascinating and I would have liked about another 30-45 minutes to explore it further. The exhibits show historic and current tribal culture and life style. There...More

Thank KasStL
Reviewed 11 June 2016

Good info on local history as it relates to the forest and the fishery. Our guide was informative and friendly. He educated us on how the geography changed from the glaciers to the current rain forest. As a Sr. it was $5 to get in...More

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Travis M, Assistant Director at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2016

Thanks for your kind words about our programming and our exhibits, and we're glad you enjoyed your visit to the Discovery Center.

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