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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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  • Average11%
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601 Deermount St, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6611
+1 907-225-5900
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Heritage center is full of wonderful artifacts and some of the oldest Totem in Alaska, the staff is very knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions. It’s worth walking or catching the city bus which is free and it will let you off at...More

Thank oceana38
Reviewed 19 December 2017

Visited the Totem Heritage Center during a rainy day in July. This building is small but has some very powerful items and lots of information regarding the history of Totem Poles. It was easy to get to via the bus system in Ketchikan. I'm very...More

Thank wiscomamacita
Reviewed 3 November 2017

Do the Downtown Walking Tour, and going through the lovely City Park, you will find the Totem Heritage Center. Original, unrestored totem poles from Tlingit and Haida villages are on display. I was amazed at the intricacy of the carving. There is also a shuttle...More

Thank Kid_U_Not58
Reviewed 16 October 2017

wonderful local resource for totem making and history of those on site. easily walked to from town center

Thank Charles B
Reviewed 15 October 2017

There is a free shuttle bus which travels around Ketchikan at 20 minute intervals and this heritage centre is one of its stops. The centre is really a museum, with a significant number of authentic totem poles on display. Totem poles are not the only...More

Thank Plymouthtraveller8
Reviewed 9 October 2017

This is a small museum with a lot crammed into it. Galleries give a good background to the purpose and history of totems, whilst other contain the artefacts themselves. You get a nice view of the salmon spawning outside as well, if it is the...More

Thank YorksRick
Reviewed 7 October 2017

This is a little bit of a walk to the cultural center from the port. The museum has some of the original totem poles from the area for preservation. It is interesting to be exposed to the culture and meaning of the symbols. If you...More

Thank Gail B
Reviewed 7 October 2017

The staff are so friendly and willing to take time to answer all your questions. There are plaques that explain the history of the treasures displayed and the significance of the engravings on the poles. A worth while walk or free shuttle will also get...More

Thank Redcopper2009
Reviewed 2 October 2017

We wandered around town for the day and came across the Totem Heritage Center. We only viewed it from outside but was quite interesting.

Thank Terry F
Reviewed 2 October 2017

We visited the center while on a walking tour around Ketchikan. It will probably take about half an hour to visit. I gave it four stars only because it's small. Two employees were working the day we were there. Both were very young, helpful, and...More

Thank ec0minded
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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
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