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Museums - Totem Heritage Center

The Totem Heritage Center preserves and perpetuates the living artistic traditions of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian peoples that gave rise to the original totem poles on display and provides the opportunity to discover, learn and practice Native arts to inspire cultural understanding. Our knowledgeable staff and interpretive panels help visitors gain a historical context with which to approach contemporary totem poles and the cultural traditions present in our community.


Hours

Visiting Hours

May thru September: Open daily, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

October thru April: Open Monday thru Friday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.,  Closed Saturday and Sunday

Office Hours

Staff is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admission  

Adults:  $5
Children 12 and under:   Free
Admission is charged May thru September.  Admission is free to local residents.

Directions & Map

The Totem Heritage Center is located at 601 Deermount Street.  The Center is a 15 minute walk or 5 minute drive from the cruise ship berths and downtown corridor.

Visit by Foot or by Car

From Front Street, travel south along the waterfront, continue left onto Mill Street and right onto Stedman Street.  Continue on Stedman for several blocks and turn left up Deermount Street. The Center is located on the left about a block up Deermount, accessible through a parking lot marked with a carved wood sign for the Center. Ample parking is available.

Click here for a printable map .

Visit by Bus

Free Shuttle, May through September:

The free Downtown Shuttle Bus operates daily on a 20-minute loop serving all of the downtown area, cruise ship berths and several attractions including the Totem Heritage Center.  Look for the bus that says "Downtown Shuttle".

Year-Round Bus Service:

The Borough Bus System lines make regular stops at bus stops on Deermount Street and on Stedman Street.
Click here for rates, a bus schedule and route map .

Exhibits

One of the world's largest collections of original, 19th century totem poles is housed in the Totem Heritage Center along with contemporary Northwest Coast art.   Discover more here.

Native Arts Studies Program

The Totem Heritage Center serves as a cultural center for the artistic traditions of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people. The Center offers annual classes in the Northwest Coast arts including carving, basketry, weaving and regalia making. Visiting and local instructors accomplished in the Northwest Coast Native style of art teach these classes to perpetuate and strengthen the traditional arts through their students. Students may work independently, pursue a Certificate of Merit, and earn University of Alaska credit.

Tours

Guided group tours and educational programs may be arranged through the Programs Division by calling 225-5900.

Research 

Research requests and photo orders

Effective June 1, 2016, Ketchikan Museums will impose a moratorium on research and reproduction requests until December 31, 2016. This is necessary to allow our staff to focus on collections care during the renovation of the Centennial Building. Please check our website for updates about when research services will be offered again.

Research requests and photo orders initiated by June 1, 2016 will be honored. At this time, we are able to accommodate one appointment per researcher per week. In limited instances for City of Ketchikan or other governmental inquiries, we will respond to the request within 2 weeks. We regret any inconvenience the moratorium may cause to your research plans and appreciate your understanding. The renovation of the Centennial Building will result in improved care of and access to the Ketchikan Museums’ collection in the long term.

We invite you to explore the following on-line resources to help with your research needs:

· Recently, over a million documents have been scanned by  FamilySearch.org  in partnership with the Alaska State Archives to make records available to the public for Alaskan genealogy research. This new resource is available here: http://archives.alaska.gov/for_researchers/coll_digital.html

· Alaska Digital Archives: http://vilda.alaska.edu/

· Alaska Historical Society: http://alaskahistoricalsociety.org/