Museums - Explore Exhibits
Each year, the Tongass Historical Museum produces two to three changing exhibits. Exhibit themes include local history, art, photography, and Native Alaskan culture. Community-based exhibits, illuminating the interests and pastimes of local residents and drawing on local collections, are also presented. Occasionally, traveling exhibits produced by other institutions are featured.
The First People , a small permanent exhibit, includes Native Alaskan artifacts from the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures, ranging from pre-contact stone tools to contemporary Northwest Coast art.
The Totem Heritage Center houses a priceless collection of 19th century totem poles and other carvings, retrieved in the 1970s from the Tlingit villages at Tongass Island and Village Island and from the Haida village of Old Kasaan on Prince of Wales Island. In addition, the Center features contemporary Northwest Coast art.