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Reviewed September 20, 2018

This is an amazing place to learn about the different native Alaskan cultures. We especially enjoyed the athletic demonstrations, truly an impressive display of strength and balance. We also enjoyed the dancers, who told stories with their arm and hand movements. Their feet stood still because of the limited space inside of their dwellings. Outside we saw several native buildings, some were modest while others were built with huge thick tree trunks, indicative of the strong people who built them. Some of the young guides spoke with a thick accent, which indicated to us that they primarily use their native language. We found these young people very endearing, some were shy and you needed to initiate the discussion. All of the performers/speakers repeatedly encouraged questions from the audience.

There were some displays, and several people selling their wares.

I would recommend spending 4 hours here.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank NJ2SC
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Reviewed September 18, 2018

Worthwhile place to spend a couple of hours. Nice exhibits indoors and out. Learned a lot about native culture.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank DaveMinneapolis
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Reviewed September 16, 2018

It was interesting & educational. We enjoyed getting to see the dance performances & getting to touch the exhibits. The biggest con was that they had students in every enclosure to answer questions. Some of them were friendly & helpful, but a couple of them were snarky & condescending, which made me want to stop asking any questions. I understand that the museum is trying to give these kids work experience & connect them with their culture, but the guidance & oversight of these interns was obviously lacking. All in all, I'd recommend it as a brief stop if you have time & enjoy museums, but don't feel like you're missing out if you have to skip it. I thoroughly enjoy both art & cultural museums, but this one was just okay, in my opinion.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed September 15, 2018

Great place to see dwellings of Native Alaskans constructed on site. JR was our village tour guide who was informative and passionate of his heritage. we got to see games that they play. Exhibits can be improved. Timing of interactions, events may also be improved so a visitor may experience more in a day.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 808Sunshine
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Reviewed September 13, 2018

The Heritage Centre is a deserving stop but don't expect many artifact displays. The attraction here is meeting the artists that regularly sell their works of art and the story tellers who occasionally take the stage to recount the history and culture of the local native people. Taking 30 minutes to walk the wooded pathway outside to see the house shelters from the past is both interesting and relaxing.

Date of experience: September 2018
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