Museums - Ketchikan Museums From Home



The Tongass Historical Museum and Totem Heritage Center are both open Tuesday through Saturday 1-5:00 PM, our content is also available 24/7!

Here, we have gathered videos, articles, virtual museum tours, and activities from both our museums and from museums across the country. We hope that these links will give you food for thought, a reason to smile, and a way to learn more and connect with those around you.

Museums and cultural centers around the world have pooled their resources to help provide free and meaningful content and we are glad to be among their number!

We’ll be updating this page regularly. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook (Tongass Historical Museum and Totem Heritage Center) and Vimeo for the latest, and if there’s something you’d like to see here, or if you have questions, send us a message via email.


Ketchikan Museums Resources:

Ketchikan Museums Virtual ExhibitFeaturing photographs and artifacts from the collection and exhibits.

PastPerfect Online: Ketchikan Museums' online collections database.

Totem Heritage Center Activity Booklet:  Learn about totem poles and the living artistic traditions of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian peoples. 

Ketchikan Museum Online Puzzles: Enjoy solving puzzles! Play for fun, or race the clock. Interact with our collections in a whole new way.


Other Virtual Tours / Online Exhibits:

Alaska Digital Archives A wealth of historical photographs, albums, oral histories, moving images, maps, documents, physical objects, and other materials from libraries, museums and archives throughout our state.

Alutiiq Museum (Kodiak):  Online Exhibits, educational resources and virtual exhibits. Highlighted via this link is Inartalicirpet: Our Weaving Ways an exhibit celebrating the renewal of Alutiiq weaving traditions and inspiring contemporary weavers. 

Canadian Museum for Human Rights Contemporary and historic human rights stories, from Canada and around the world.

Digital Smithsonian American Art Museum:  From online exhibits, video tutorials and artist profiles, the SAAM has plenty to explore via Google Street View, a VR headset, even your mobile phone. 

Girl Museum Explore four unique exhibits that tell stories about girls around the world from the past and present. Educational with projects dedicated to advancing girls’ rights today, sharing stories that celebrate girls and their contributions, and empowering girls to become active in documenting, preserving, and sharing their history and culture.

Museum of Flight:  Take an online tour inside some iconic aircraft cockpits! 

National Women’s History Museum From online exhibits to digital classroom resources and more. The NWHM provides any number of ways to explore the history of women in the United States. 

The Nunalleq Educational Resource:  a free interactive educational resource for Mac and PC which invites children to explore the story of the archaeological excavations of the Nunalleq sod house. This multi-vocal resource was co-designed by the Nunalleq Archaeology Project and local Quinhagak community. It brings together narratives from archaeologists, Elders, Alaska Native artists and young people within the village.

Oxford University Museum of Natural History Tour the main exhibition space with a guided audio tour, from the architecture and history of the museum itself to the collections it houses, this interactive tour will let you explore for hours. 

The Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology at Harvard University:  Feeding the Ancestors: Tlingit Carved Horn Spoons presents a selection of carved spoons made and collected in the 1800s. The interpretations and stories presented derive from collaborations among scholars, tribal historians, carvers, and other students of Tlingit material culture. 

The Smithsonian - Arctic Studies Center:  Explore objects from Smithsonian collections with Native tradition bearers.

The Smithsonian - National Museum of Natural History Take self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibit areas within the museum. Visitors can also access select collections and research areas as well as past exhibits no longer on display. 

The Smithsonian - National Museum of the American Indian Americans at the National Museum of the American Indian #NDNsEverywhere. The exhibit prompts a national and global conversation on the relationships with Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

University of Alaska Museum of the North: Virtual exhibits, online collections and lesson plans, along with links to additional content including podcasts and video media. 


Online Learning Resources:

Air and Space Anywhere Enjoy a variety of online programs, stories, videos, activities, virtual tours, and resources from us here at Air and Space. 

Burke Museum Curriculum packets, activities for kids and families, virtual exhibits, and more.

#ColorOurCollections Coloring sheets from museums, libraries and archives around the world. Hundreds of institutes providing free coloring sheets from their collections for you! Download, print, and share your favorites.

Cultural Connections Northern Lights:  Videos and online activities focused on the northern lights and Inupiat cultural knowledge.

Field Museum: Learning resources that bring the Field’s collections, cutting-edge science, and world cultures knowledge to your home. 

History Hunters Youth Reporter Program:   Literacy-based program that allows students to “hunt” for history with a variety of hands-on activities and experiences that bring history to life.  

The Run Around:  A list of virtual activities offered by children’s museums.

Sealaska Heritage Institute - Instructional Lecture Videos:  Watch lectures on Northwest Coast art by renowned Native artists and scholars, including Robert Davidson, Delores Churchill and David Boxley.

Sealaska Heritage Institute - Instructional Kit & Curricula:  SHI offers materials to teach Northwest Coast art, including an online textbook, flash cards and curriculum boards.

SHOW.ME:  Games, collections, videos, stories, homework help and family days out from museums and galleries.

The Smithsonian Learning Lab:  A free, interactive platform for discovering millions of authentic digital resources, creating content with online tools, and sharing in the Smithsonian's expansive community of knowledge and learning.

Taste of History Virtual Tours:

Museums from across the country and the world are coming together virtually to share a taste of their unique stories! Every Tuesday afternoon travel to these places and learn from the comfort of your own home! 

Join us for these virtual 45-minute long tours every Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 PM through October 2021.

We can't wait to share a small taste of the history and stories that make Ketchikan, Ketchikan! 

Register to participate for these virtual tours with our friends at the Lombard Historical Society: REGISTER 

Dates and Sites

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 Lombard Historical Society
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 Rosa Parks Museum
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 James Whitcomb Riley Boyhood Home and Museum
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 Molly Brown House Museum
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 Capital Jewish Museum
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 Historic Locust Grove
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 RCMP Heritage Centre
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 National Museum of the American Sailor
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 Concordia Artspace, The Netherlands
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 Dumbarton House
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 King Manor
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Tuesday, August 3, 2021 Maryhill Burgh Halls
Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 Tongass Historical Museum
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 Heritage Village Museum & Educational Center
Tuesday, September 7, 2021 National Veterans Art Museum
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 Kelton House Museum & Garden
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 Totem Heritage Center
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 Aurora Regional Fire Museum