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Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

Open today: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One of the best values in Ketchikan

Take the time to visit the Southeast Discovery Center. This is an outstanding attraction and is... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Timothy B
Long Beach, California
Another great Alaska Museum

This is our second visit to this museum. It’s well worth a visit. It’s great to have an opportunity... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2018
Rosemary B
Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
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The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center is the gateway to the Tongass National Forest. Located just one block from the cruise ship docks in downtown Ketchikan, you can explore the amazing ecology of the coastal rainforest, connect with the rich...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
50 Main St, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6559
+1 907-228-6220
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 9 June 2015

We have been coming to Ketchikan for many years as part of the typical cruise ship itinerary. This "discovery center", which is far more than a museum, is located right adjacent to the southern end of the cruise ship docs in the heart of Ketchikan....More

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Reviewed 9 June 2014 via mobile

The new hubby and I arrived to Ketchikan by cruise as our last port stop. After an afternoon of exploring the state park, old totem musehm and Creek street we went to the discovery center. Pros: 1) Indoors 2) Nice exhibits with informative information about...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Take the time to visit the Southeast Discovery Center. This is an outstanding attraction and is priced very reasonably. The Staff is friendly and knowledgeable

Thank Timothy B
Reviewed 2 October 2018

This is our second visit to this museum. It’s well worth a visit. It’s great to have an opportunity to see the history of this area of Alaska. The admission fee is low..$5 and that includes an hour of free wifi. It is an easy...More

Thank Rosemary B
Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

This centre is managed by the US Forest Service based in Ketchikan Alaska. There are 7 - 8 video presentations in their cinema covering early exploration, mining, logging and forestry, First Nations , fishing,travel and history of the south east region. There are realistic displays...More

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Reviewed 30 September 2018

This is a great place to start a tour of Ketchikan as there are plenty of displays and video presentations about Ketchikan, the Native American culture and the Tongass National Forest itself. We especially appreciated learning more about the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian culture and...More

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Reviewed 21 September 2018

I really wish we would of had more time to explore this Discovery Center. I enjoyed what I did see and learned more about the area

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Reviewed 13 September 2018

The only reason I'm giving it a Very Good Review is because I thought the ongoing videos about the various aspects of Ketchikan were excellent. I watched two of the videos about 45 minutes each and they were really well done. I would have stayed...More

Thank ladyG2
Reviewed 12 September 2018

This is a good place to learn about Alaska, from heritage to wildlife to economy. Junior ranger book kept the kiddo busy. The ranger talk was great, learned a lot about the state.

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Reviewed 28 August 2018

A good place to visit. Rangers were helpful and friendly. It definitely is busier when it rains, so skip the crowds and go before it rains.

Thank Lisa E
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

Rainy day so visited- does not take long to visit. Learned many new bits of information about Alaska. Reasonable admission fee ($5.00)

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Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

We were on an Alaskan cruise and decided to stay in town. This was on the way to Creek St from the port. There is a $5/adult entrance fee. The stop was well worth our time. The exhibits are very elaborate and several Park rangers...More

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Response from Amy H | Reviewed this property |
I visited with an 11 and 13 year old. They enjoyed it. Both kids did the scavenger hunt and my oldest did the activity to become a jr. ranger. They even swore her in. The rangers were so engaging and both kids really enjoyed... More