Museums - Tongass Historical Museum

Discover Alaska's feisty "First City" at the Tongass Historical Museum through our informative exhibits. Rare artifacts and historical photographs tell the authentic tale of Ketchikan as a Native fish camp, gold and copper mining center, fishing port, timber town, cannery site, transportation hub, and lively community.


The Tongass Historical Museum and Totem Heritage Center are both open 1 - 5:00 PM, Tuesday - Saturday.

If you are uncomfortable visiting during public open hours please call 907-225-5600 to schedule an appointment to visit. Appointments are available Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

Office Hours
Staff is available by appointment year-round Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Please call 907-225-5600 to schedule. -



We are currently not collecting admissions due to COVID-19.

Adults: Free
Seniors (65 & older): Free
Children (17 & younger): Free
Active Military: Free

Museum Pass: Free
   Admission to both the Tongass Historical Museum and the Totem Heritage Center

Admission is always free for local residents!


Directions and Map

The Tongass Historical Museum is centrally located downtown at 629 Dock Street, near the northern Creek Street entrance. The Museum is a quick 10 minute walk or 5 minute drive from the docks.


Visit by foot / car

From Front Street, travel south along the waterfront, continue left onto Mission Street and left onto Bawden Street.  Take a right onto Dock Street.  The Museum is located in the Centennial Building to the left of the entrance to Creek Street.  Ample parking is available in the parking lot in front of the Museum.


Visit by Bus

Free Shuttle (May - September):  NOT RUNNING IN 2020.
The free downtown Salmon Run Bus operates on a 20-minute loop 7:00am - 7:00pm daily serving the downtown area, cruise ship berths and several attractions including the Tongass Historical Museum and the Totem Heritage Center.  Look for the bus with brightly painted fish!

Year-Round Bus Service:
The Borough Bus System lines make regular stops at the main bus stop directly in front of the Tongass Historical Museum. Bus fare is $1 for adults and $0.50 for students and seniors. Click here for timetables and route maps



Guided group tours and educational programs may be arranged through the Programs Division by calling 907-225-5900.



The Collections staff is happy to assist you with your research needs.  Please complete a research request form to get started: Ketchikan Museum Research Request Form

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: