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.  


The Totem Heritage Center and Tongass Historical Museum are open 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Tuesday – Saturday.

Staff is available by appointment Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Please call 907.225.5900 to schedule.


Adults: Free
Elder (65 and older): Free
Children (17 and 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 & 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 / 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 map.   


Visit by Bus   

Free Shuttle, May - September:  NO SHUTTLE IN 2020.
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 



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.  



Guided group tours and educational programs may be arranged through the  Programs Division  by calling 907.225.5900.