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Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center

95 Sterling Hwy, Homer, AK 99603-7472
+1 907-235-6961
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Gotta stop here

Stop in and check out the museum. Lots to see and learn from about the town. Also a little gift... read more

Reviewed 26 April 2017
Crystal G
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Fairfield, California
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Interesting history and displays

Portions were not open, but the gift shop was nice, the displays were informative and the staff was... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2017
Brad T
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Chichester, New Hampshire
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The Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center is a partnership between the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve. Built in 2003 as a resource for the community and visitors to Homer, Alaska, the building houses interpretive and interactive exhibits and displays describing the important work and research of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve.Located at 95 Sterling Highway, there are opportunities to enjoy the exhibit hall, informative videos, regular educational programming, and Ranger/Naturalist-led walks and presentations.The Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center is your window to the largest seabird refuge in the world, with all of the natural wonders of Kachemak Bay right outside its doors!
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good28%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“great displays” (15 reviews)
“free museum” (8 reviews)
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95 Sterling Hwy, Homer, AK 99603-7472
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+1 907-235-6961
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Reviewed 26 April 2017 via mobile

Stop in and check out the museum. Lots to see and learn from about the town. Also a little gift shop with lots to choose from. I enjoyed this place. You can even go out back and do a short little hike if you like....More

Thank Crystal G
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Portions were not open, but the gift shop was nice, the displays were informative and the staff was very helpful. The trails out back were very easy, some were boardwalks.

Thank Brad T
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

This is a terrific place to spend a few hours indoors learning of the vast environment of Kachemak bay and surrounding areas. Films, scenes, audio stories, real demos by volunteers or the workers you may even see some live interesting talks on the coastal life....More

Thank breiluchaco
Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

I stayed in their dorm rooms upstairs while taking 2 weeks of Merchant Mariners classes, hosted by a third party. Had ample opportunity to interact with staff, & to browse & request material & merchandise. Cannot possibly overstate how awesome these guys & this place...More

Thank Ginger D
Reviewed 3 February 2017

Have passed this facility many times on our visits to Homer and never stopped in. Big mistake. It's a real special place to visit and learn about the area and it its ecosystems. Maps, interpretive exhibits, videos, rangers, and special education presentations all add up...More

Thank akbear
Reviewed 1 February 2017

This center introduces the visitor to the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, an area of the state not many people can easily travel to to visit in person. With static exhibits depicting the life and history of the area, to video presentations in the large auditorium,...More

Thank DiveAK
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Wonderful stop for families on a budget. (Donation) You can walk through in a few minutes or spend an hour or so. There is a lot of hands on activities for the kids. Be sure to check out the hiking trail out the back door....More

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Reviewed 26 November 2016

This was the first stop after leaving our cruise. The information provided by the Center is very fascinating. They have some unique and historical artifacts as well as the history of some wild life that was extinct and then the efforts that brought the endangered...More

Thank amandar0259
Reviewed 25 November 2016

We visited with our young son who is very interested in animals and there was plenty to keep him interested for several hours even without the movies. The Tide meter is really impressive to help see how truly massive an Alaskan Tide Change can be.

Thank Eric H
Reviewed 2 November 2016

Very good presentation of area wildlife. Displays helped us to understand more about the wildlife we had seen or would see.

Thank spencers1621
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bolliwa
11 August 2017|
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Response from IOVC | Property representative |
Hi, it is not walking distance - it is about 6.5 miles from our visitor center to the pier. Sorry about that!
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bolliwa
11 August 2017|
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Response from IOVC | Property representative |
Hi, it is not walking distance - it is about 6.5 miles from our visitor center to the pier. Sorry about that!
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Ronen K
13 May 2017|
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Response from IOVC | Property representative |
Thanks so much for your interest in visiting Islands & Ocean Visitor Center! 1-2 hours would be enough time to complete our Jr. Biologist Activity Book, watch a film or two, explore the exhibits, and hike the trail along... More
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