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Museums - Learn About the Collections

The Ketchikan Museums, in partnership with the Tongass Historical Society, provide stewardship of artifacts and archives that showcase the Ketchikan area's unique history.

What does "collection stewardship" mean?

  • The museum owns, exhibits, or uses collections that are appropriate to our mission.
  • The museum legally, ethically and effectively manages, documents, cares for and uses the collections.
  • The museum's collection-based research is conducted according to appropriate scholarly standards.
  • The museum strategically plans for the use and developemtn of its collections.
  • Guided by our mission, the museum provides public access to its collections while ensuring their preservation.

- American Alliance of Museums Characteristics of Excellence


If you are interested in making a donation, we invite you to complete a Donor Questionnaire providing us with information about your offer.  Please direct questions to Sr. Curator of Collections, Hayley Chambers, at (907) 225-5600 or by email .

Research requests and photo orders

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 in partnership with the Alaska State Archives to make records available to the public for Alaskan genealogy research. This resource is available here:

·  Alaska Digital Archives:

·  Alaska Historical Society:

Learn more about the museum's collection here: