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The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive

Closed Now: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Excellent museum for Valdez history

This is actually two museums which are both well worth visiting. Excellent information on the town... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Bend, Oregon
very good

very good collection and very interesting video displays. Highly recommend the Old Valdez... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kat S
Fort McMurray, Canada
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“gold rush”(15 reviews)
“oil spill”(43 reviews)
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The Valdez Museum preserves and presents the heritage and culture of Valdez, the Copper River Basin, and Prince William Sound.
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217 Egan Dr, P. O. Box 8, Valdez, AK 99686-0008
+1 907-835-2764
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Reviewed yesterday

This is actually two museums which are both well worth visiting. Excellent information on the town of Valdez and its history, including early life there and the 1964 earthquake. The videos with recollections of the earthquake are fascinating, as are the exhibits on the oil...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

very good collection and very interesting video displays. Highly recommend the Old Valdez exposition.

Thank Kat S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I have seen a lot of museums on this 3 month trip to Alaska and we both agree that this is the best We were there about 2 hours and could have gone back and did 2 more hours. Everything was top...More

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Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed this museum and learned so much about the Valdez area and its history lincluding the oil spill. Admission is inexpensive and I would allow more than an hour to tour. If you decide to read absolutely every word give yourself more time. Exhibits...More

1  Thank Sherry S
Reviewed 8 August 2018

This excellent museum has displays and something for all ages. They actually seem to make sure children are engaged. Plenty for adults to see about Valdez, the Good Friday earthquake, the gold rush, the Exxon Valdez. Very worthwhile for all. Reciprocal admission with NARM membership.

Thank jbwhitehouse
Reviewed 2 August 2018

My advice is to take the free tour of the Old Town of Valdez before viewing the museum for it will give you a much better understanding of everything you will see at the museum (which has two locations by the way). Very well organized,...More

1  Thank Mike5466
Reviewed 2 August 2018

We spent several hours here. It is full of information about the Gold Rush and the local history. Well laid out, lots of displays. We really enjoyed ourselves, would recommend to anyone!!

Thank Kathy G
Reviewed 30 July 2018

The museum may be small, but do not let that fool you - there is plenty to see and learn while visiting. The complex is actually two museums - not next to one another but close enough to see both in a short amount of...More

1  Thank Noel L
Reviewed 21 July 2018

The museum is in 2 parts. The main museum has exhibits and artifacts back to the original gold mining days. They have items from the Good Friday 1964 Earthquake and the story of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. The second part is a separate building...More

1  Thank Eric B
Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

Stopping in at the Valdez museum while we waited for time to check in to our hotel, we we're treated to some very interesting local history. The exhibits- the history of the town, the 1964 Earthquake, and the Valdez spill were all riveting. Kids were...More

1  Thank Braveheartww57
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