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Totem Heritage Center, Ketchikan

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The Totem Heritage Center is a museum operated by the City of Ketchikan in the U.S. state of Alaska.

The Heritage Center houses one of the world's largest collections of unrestored 19th century totem poles. The poles were recovered from uninhabited Tlingit settlements on Village Island and Tongass Island, south of Ketchikan, as well as from the Haida village of Old Kasaan. The Center was founded in 1976 to preserve these totems and act as a cultural center. Sixteen of the museum's thirty-three totem poles are on permanent display, although the rest of the collection is available for research purposes.

The Center also exhibits other Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian artifacts and art pieces, including work by world-famous Tlingit carver Nathan Jackson, and renowned Haida weaver Delores Churchill. In addition to functioning as a museum, the Totem Heritage Center preserves and promotes the traditional arts and crafts of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian peoples through a nationally recognized program of art classes and other activities. Classes are held throughout the year, and the museum is open to visitors year-round, with extended hours during the summer.
The location of the Totem Heritage Center was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Alaska Totems in 1971.
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  • Totem Heritage Center was very interesting and had many good displays. Most of the staff was helpful and knowledgeable.  more »
  • This was a nice stop, small but very informative heritage center. If was also on our way to a Deer Path hiking trail. If you are just walking around then I would recommend this stop.  more »
  • Nice quiet museum of old totem poles from local tribes. The walk to this place, from the Cruise terminal that runs along salmon creek is the best part. There are many spots where one can watch salmon in the right season Shopping along the boardwalks is very interesting.
  • Very good value for your money. $6 for adults and children 12 and under are free if I remember correctly. It's not a huge place and does not take long to go through, but you can learn a lot about totems in a very short amount of time.The staff is very friendly, knowledgeable and willing to answer all your questions.

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