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Alaska Native Heritage Center
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Anchorage City Tour with Alaska Native Heritage...
Ranked #22 of 179 things to do in Anchorage
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Owner description: Alaskan native culture is presented through storytelling, dancing, craft-making and simulated, life-sized villages representing each of the five main indigenous groups.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

Took the organised trolley bus to this place. Quite interesting but not spectacular. Not much to see or do in the main building. Some exhibits and live native Alaskan music and dance. Best part of the attraction is the various native Alaskan houses dotted around the lake, each with a guide to explain their particular way of life. Spent about an hour and a half here and that was about right.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Stephen L
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"outdoor exhibits"
in 29 reviews
"story telling"
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"gathering place"
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"dance performance"
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"cultural groups"
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"cultural experience"
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"small lake"
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"guided tour"
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"answer questions"
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"free shuttle"
in 58 reviews
"different cultures"
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"native peoples"
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"anchorage museum"
in 66 reviews
"great place to learn"
in 22 reviews
"arts and crafts"
in 17 reviews

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Reviewed September 21, 2018

Our guide Dustin was fantastic! He really cares about his Alaskan heritage and is so happy to share his knowledge. The Alaska Native Heritage Center is a great start to your trip as I saw several things along the way and thought oh Dustin told us about that! It is so important to keep the Alaskan spirit alive. They offer a free shuttle from downtown also.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank LindaP12
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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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