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“Excellent centre for this area”

Southeast Alaska Discovery Center
Ranked #4 of 32 things to do in Ketchikan
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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 cultures of the region's native peoples, discover how people earn a living from the forest, enjoy Junior Ranger activities with your kids and experience Alaska's rainforest from the comfort of our theatre through a variety of award-winning films. Wi-fi access is included with admission, and kids can play the Agents of Discovery augmented-reality game in the museum to sleuth out the truth about the Tongass
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
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.

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"forest service"
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"senior pass"
in 8 reviews
"parks pass"
in 7 reviews
"tongass national forest"
in 15 reviews
"nice exhibits"
in 6 reviews
"the national park service"
in 6 reviews
"scavenger hunt"
in 9 reviews
"excellent film"
in 3 reviews
"admission fee"
in 5 reviews
"short film"
in 4 reviews
"great overview"
in 3 reviews
"natural history"
in 3 reviews
"gold rush"
in 5 reviews
"native peoples"
in 4 reviews
"cruise ship docks"
in 6 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 5 reviews
"wealth of information"
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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 town. My daughter enjoyed a scavenger hunt.

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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.

1  Thank susiewilliams2017
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Reviewed 22 August 2017

This is a wonderful place to bring your family and friends. It informs one about the flora and wild life in Southeastern Alaska, the culture and the developement of the area. You can use your National Park Pass here for Seniors

1  Thank 2ketchikan
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Reviewed 21 August 2017

The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center is operated by the US Forest Service as it is about the Tongass National Forest. It is so well organized and presented that it outdoes many better-funded National Park Visitor Centers. The building has a soaring central hall more than two stories high with exposed wood beam architecture: absolutely beautiful. The displays cover the natural and human environment, and the many different users of the national forest. Less well known is the effort the Forest Service made to reconcile with the Native American tribes in the Tongass National Forest (Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian tribes) after a long history of suppressing the rights of the first peoples in the area. There are very interesting Native American artifacts in the collection. There are several videos and a map store. The Discovery Center is a short walk from the cruise ship docks and a well worth visiting Ketchikan highlight. The Director had many valuable insights to share and was very friendly and accessible, possible in a small center with only a couple permanent staff.

1  Thank DutchBrother
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