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“Very pleased it was open on a very wet day.”

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 young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
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 TourIst Information office said that it was unlikely to be open due to low visitor numbers (just the 4,000 passengers from the two ships in port that day, many of whom would be trying to keep dry) the lady did ring up to check. It was open and we spent a couple of hours in the centre. The exhibits were well put together and took us through the history, natural history, geology and industries of the area. There are films on in the theatre throughout the day and with a wrist stamp system you can return to catch any that are on later. There is a classroom area that probably caters for groups of children rather than individuals but there's enough to interest kids with their parents. All in all a great little centre.

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank LaNyonsaise
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"forest service"
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"senior pass"
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"scavenger hunt"
in 11 reviews
"parks pass"
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"the national park service"
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"tongass national forest"
in 15 reviews
"nice exhibits"
in 6 reviews
"great museum"
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"admission fee"
in 6 reviews
"short movie"
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"excellent film"
in 3 reviews
"natural history"
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"great overview"
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"gold rush"
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"native peoples"
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"cruise ship docks"
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"an easy walk"
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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 for your work!!

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Carmen W
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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
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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
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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
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