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Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

Open today: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Very pleased it was open on a very wet day.

Heavy rain put paid to our plans for our last shore day in Alaska, there was no enjoyment to be had... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
LaNyonsaise
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West Midlands, United Kingdom
A place with heart!

The people who work here love what they do, this is a labor of love and you can see they do lots... read more

Reviewed 20 September 2017
Carmen W
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Alberta, 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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Hours Today: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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50 Main St, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6559
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

Heavy rain put paid to our plans for our last shore day in Alaska, there was no enjoyment to be had on any outdoor activity in the cold and mist. Having read the reviews this centre was on our to do list anyway. Although the...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank LaNyonsaise
Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

The people who work here love what they do, this is a labor of love and you can see they do lots with kids and community! They are working on bringing together unique stories about Alaskan's and the history of this huge State!! Thank you...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Carmen W
Reviewed 12 September 2017

Glad we were able to stop by and see the exhibits and learn about the rich history. The exhibits are well thought out and informative.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Ranaj888
Reviewed 7 September 2017

This site's information added so much to our understanding of how the area was developed and the region's characteristics. The film on Ketchikan, with its old footage, pictures and interviews with local people, added so much perspective to our subsequent experience. Great start!

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank TimWHughes
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

This is a nice place to look around and find out a little more about Alaska. They even gave my 8 year old a scavenger hunt sheet to fill out. There are some interactive displays too.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Trishyco
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

Well worth the $5 entry fee. Nice displays and lots of useful information about the immediate area and all of Alaska.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Michael2810
Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

We didn't realize the hours it was open and just missed it. However a ranger coming out was super cool with our 5 year old son and ran back in for the Junior Ranger activity book and said we could mail it in for the...More

Date of experience: August 2017
2  Thank Craig Z
Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

This is an excellent way to start your visit to Ketchikan. Beautiful building holding many interesting interactive exhibits and a film about the salmon industry in this area. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff make this a good place to visit for all the family.

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank lizh215
Reviewed 26 August 2017

A very nice place to bring family and friend to visit. This is our first stop in town. We glad that we stop here. There is a presentation movie about the people and town. this presentation helped us more appreciate when we walk around the...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank tekathronv
Reviewed 23 August 2017

Very nice little Museum, educational for the little ones, they even have a little scavenger hunt for kids, lets them check off items that they find throughout the museum. Helps to keep them engaged. Great for adults as well, our family really enjoyed it.

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank susiewilliams2017
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ladyG2
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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
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