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Tongass Historical Museum

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Address: 629 Dock St, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6529
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Very nice little museum!

Walked over from Creek Street and spent about an hour inside the museum. Staff very nice and it was actually more interesting then I thought it would be. Lots of great pictures of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 September 2016
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Bridgewater, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

My husband and I found the Tongass Historical Museum to be very interesting. It had history of the area as well as information about totem poles. The museum is not real large so was easy to walk through.

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NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Walked over from Creek Street and spent about an hour inside the museum. Staff very nice and it was actually more interesting then I thought it would be. Lots of great pictures of then and now - really informative about the area and the people. Close to dock area, very easy to walk back.

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Charlotte, Vermont
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

The history and displays were very impressive! We only had an hour to spend and wished we could have stayed longer. There was so much to see and to digest! The dioramas had so much native material! This was perhaps the best display of Native Alaskan life we saw at any museum we visited in our 3 week in AK.

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

A great little museum setting out the history of Ketchikan. Well worth half an hour of your time. The "Then and Now" exhibit really show the spirit of the community and demonstrates the fact that "the more things change, the more they stay the same." A beautiful location overlooking Ketchikan Creek and easy access from old downtown.

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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

Close to an entrance to Creek Street and within easy walking distance from the docks, this small museum provides a great historical understanding of Ketchikan. While the town is a major tourist, cruise ship stop, this exhibit gives the visitor a nice understanding of the historical context of the area.

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Rockville, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

A great first stop when in town, especially on a rainy day. We learned a thing or two in this nice little museum. Glad we stopped in here.

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Grayson, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

We spent about one hour in the museum and it was worth every minute. The staff are very knowledgeable and are interested in your questions. it was only $5 to get in.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

Staff was very nice and personable.Collection is interesting and ranges from older items to current photos, with historical significance. Small, but kept the attention of children. Some items are hands on, others are protected behind glass. Colorful and historical for the community.

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Lisbon, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

We have been to this museum for the past 3 years when we visit each summer. They change the displays out in one part of the museum so that it is always displaying a new topic. We have enjoyed this as we get to learn more about the area every year. The other half of the museum stays the same... More 

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Broadview Heights
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

A lot of history here. Wonderful photos of how Ketchikan began and grew into the city it is. Lots of artifacts also. It is a small museum in size so it doesn't take very long to walk through. Well worth the admittance fee if you are interested in the heritage.

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