Ketchikan Museums collect, preserve, interpret and creatively share the history and culture of our region to serve, educate, engage and enrich our community. We invite you to visit both of our museums—the Tongass Historical Museum and Totem Heritage Center!


Call to Artists!

The City of Ketchikan and Ketchikan Museums request concept proposals for one piece of public art to be displayed on the exterior of the Tongass Historical Museum at 629 Dock Street in Ketchikan, Alaska. This artwork should be an extension of the many stories held in trust in our collection and showcased in our exhibitions.

Entry Deadline: must be received by 5 p.m., September 25, 2020 via email to  Only digital submissions will be accepted.

Theme:  Ketchikan is a unique community with many voices and many stories to share.  Artwork should reflect, and celebrate, the Ketchikan community’s past, present and future.

For details: visit
Question and Answer Session Transcript: QA Transcript.pdf


The Tongass Historical Museum and Totem Heritage Center are both open to the public. Open hours at both facilities are 1-5:00 PM Tuesday through Saturday.  If you are uncomfortable visiting during public open hours, please call 907-225-5900 to schedule an appointment to visit. Appointments available 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Tuesday - Friday. 

Check out these online museum resources:

•  Virtual Exhibit

•  Museums From Home 

•  Oral History Program

•  PastPerfect Online Museum Database

The Tongass Historical Museum and Totem Heritage Center are located on the traditional lands of the Taant´a Kwáan and Sanyaa Kwáan people of the Tlingit First Nations. We are grateful for the opportunity to live and learn here in mutual respect and appreciation.


Tongass Historical Museum
629 Dock Street



Totem Heritage Center
601 Deermount Street