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Totem Heritage Center

601 Deermount St, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6611
+1 907-225-5900
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The Totem Heritage Center was established in 1976 to house and preserve endangered 19th century totem poles retrieved from uninhabited Tlingit and Haida village sites near Ketchikan and to preserve and promote Native artistic and cultural traditions through traditional classes. The Center is home to 33 authentic poles, numerous historic images, and Native art works. Educational and interpretive tours are available.
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  • Very good44%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
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601 Deermount St, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6611
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+1 907-225-5900
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Visiting this area you'll see plenty of totem poles but they all have a story which shold be told by a native.

1  Thank terry j
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The historical value of the totems have been preserved in this building. There are guides who are SO KNOWLEDGEABLE about the historical features of totems and tre Tlingit culture. Of all the ports this was the most historically deep place we had gotten to experience....More

Thank Renee S
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We had seen a number of totems in Vancover and other places, so we thought that the Heritage Center would give us some better stories. We learned a lot about why totems were carved and erected, and when they might have been taken down instead...More

Thank John M
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Reviewed 5 days ago

It was a gem of a spot so much history on the totem poles. Well worth the visit with the people who work there very nice and answered so many questions

Thank Marcia S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A great look at our Native American past, seeing the culture and people that are essential to understanding Alaska

Thank richardmanies
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a city bus here (did not wish to wait for shuttle) and the free shuttle back. This small museum has a nice collection of old totems. These are original totems (in varying conditions) and not reproductions. This is definitely worth visiting (especially if...More

Thank RandyRoss
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Many totems to explore. Has an admission but it is well worth the price. I took the bus there and enjoyed the center.

Thank Clifford W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice collection of older totem poles. We also found the baskets and other native items interesting to see. Not a large center so easy to see in less than an hour if pressed for time.

Thank PerthExplorer18
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We opted to see Ketchikan on our own instead of a tour. Totems are a big thing in Ketchikan, and we decided in advance that we would prefer to see the Totem Heritage Center rather than get on a bus to the Historical Park; we...More

Thank carywise
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very nice facility with restrooms and much history to take in. The staff was helpful and very nice to everyone visiting. Great Totem pole for pictures opt.

Thank Tina C
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s1rw
April 5, 2018|
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Response from Kid_U_Not58 | Reviewed this property |
If you Google "Ketchican Walking Tour Map", you will find a free map which is easy to print out (or you can collect one from the Visitor Information Centre when you arrive). You will find a site called "Explore Ketchican... More
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vicd666
July 7, 2015|
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Response from Anita M | Property representative |
Glad that you're coming to visit Ketchikan! The Totem Heritage Center features original 19th century totem poles as well as contemporary Northwest Coast art. Admission is just $5/person. We have tour guides available to... More
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Annette B
May 18, 2015|
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Response from Anita M | Property representative |
The easiest way to get to the Totem Heritage Center from the docks is to take the free downtown shuttle (look for the city bus that says "free shuttle"). The shuttle runs on a 30-minute loop and stops in front of the... More
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