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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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601 Deermount St, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6611
+1 907-225-5900
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Reviewed 19 September 2016

Small museum and very well laid out. The fees are very good. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Displays are very well presented and very thought out.

Reviewed 19 September 2016

If you drive south from Ketchikan on the Tongass highway you'll find the Totem Heritage Center. Its located on the left hand side of the road. These totem poles artistically designed from Native Americans represent there culture. Don't miss it, if your on a cruise...More

Thank Nora L
Reviewed 17 September 2016

This place is not a staged tourist attraction, It is small but has some wonderful exhibits of old original totem poles, with a wealth of Information on well designed wall placards and signs on the totems themselves, and coastal aboriginal culture and history. It can...More

Thank nlsathome
Reviewed 12 September 2016

There is a free shuttle from the docks to the Centre, or you could walk for 30 - 40 mins. The entry fee is only $5 and in reality, you could walk around in 15 mins. However, if you want to learn about the history...More

Thank Phillip L
Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

This is a short walk from the docks or they offer a free shuttle every 30 minutes. Will only take 30-45 minutes to see everything. There is also a beautiful creek right next to it and park. Adults are $5 to get in and kids...More

Thank SouthernSavers
Reviewed 9 September 2016

It was raining so hard the day I visited. So the place was empty except for a docent and myself. I took my time reading each of the details on items displayed. What was most impressive were some of the original totem poles that were...More

Thank FitnessTrekker
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Love supporting this piece of local lore and historical information. A must stop while in Ketchikan.

Thank Sperry_113
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Small but interesting. Great to see original old totems, rather than current tourist oriented colorful ones

Thank MyBeach111
Reviewed 4 September 2016

This place is beautiful with many totem poles new and old. Great commentary. A very tranquil place. Good gift shop.

Thank 855normana
Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Don't be swindled by a cruise ship, this is a great place to visit, but you do not need to pay for it in an expensive guided tour package. You can easily grab a taxi and reach this center for a nice walk through the...More

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What is the entrance fee to Totem Heritage Center for adults / seniors / handicapped? How far is it to Totem Bight Park from the Heritage Center? Cost for the Park? Are both places worthwhile to see if you are traveling on the bus and have 5 hours total to get back to the ship??
8 July 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
Annette B
what's the easiest way to get there from the cruise ship??? how far a walk is it and is there an entrance fee for seniors??
19 May 2015|
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