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ANCHORAGE
Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum 4721 Aircraft Drive
Anchorage, AK 99502
Phone: 248.5325
Fax: 248.6391

20 aircraft of various types including a 1928 Stearman C2B, a 1934 WACO YKC, a 1929 Travelair 6000B, a 1937 F-24-G, a 1937 Stinson SR9 "Gullwing," a 1943 Grumman Goose and a 1943 PBY 5A Catalina Canso. Exhibits include The Aleutian Campaign during WWII; Wiley Post and Will Rogers; the search for Carl Ben Eielson; historic polar flights and much more. A selection of historic aviation videos, pioneer pilots and their achievements is shown in the theater. Museum shop sells models, pins, clothing, stuffed animals, postcards, jewelry and other items relating to aviation. A flight simulator is included in the cost of admission.

Alaska Heritage Museum at Wells Fargo 301 W. Northern Lights Blvd.
Anchorage, AK. 99510

Featuring large collections of Alaskan Native artifacts and Alaskan fine art, the museum also highlights the history of Wells Fargo during the Alaskan Gold Rush.

Alaska Historical Society P.O. Box 100299
Anchorage AK 99510-0299
Tel: (907) 276-1596
Alaska Masonic Library and Museum

(Current closed. Will be relocating)

Physical location:
518 E. 14th (14th and Eagle)
Mailing address:
PO 200441
Anchorage, AK 99514-3413
Phone: 276.2665
Email:
fairley@alaska.net

Library / museum of books and objects associated with Freemasonry- its history and philosophy-with an emphasis on Freemasonry in Alaska. Some general Alaskana.

Alaska Museum of Natural History 201 N. Bragaw
Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone (907) 274-2400

Largest exhibits of rocks, minerals and exciting rare fossils in the state. Learn about North America's oldest duckbill dinosaur found in the local Talkeetna Mountains, as well as our major dinosaur discoveries of the 90s. Dioramas rich in ecology, large mammals and birds.

Alaska Native Heritage Center 8800 Heritage Center Drive
Anchorage, AK 99506
(907) 330-8000 - Phone
(800) 315-6608 - Toll Free
(907) 330-8030 - Fax

Striving to preserve the Native culture and heritage of the Alaskan people, the museum offers village exhibits, bringing to life the ways of the Aleut, Alutiiq, the Yup'ik and Qargi peoples.

Alaska State Trooper Museum Physical location:
245 W. Fifth Avenue
Mailing address:
PO 100280
Anchorage, AK. 99510-0280
Phone: 800-770-5050
Fax: 279.5054

The history of law enforcement in the Territory and State of Alaska is told in exhibits, memorabilia and photographs. A small gift shop is also located on the premises.

Anchorage Museum of History & Art 625 C Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone (907) 929-9200 tel
Fax (907) 929-9290 fax

Not only an art museum, the second floor gives visitors 15,000 square feet of Alaska history!. The exhibits are simply brimming with artifacts and displays devoted to the history of Alaska, the Aleuts, Eskimos and Indians, Learn about the gold rush, Russian settlement, WWII and the inception of Alaska as part of the United States.

Z. J. Loussac Public Library 3600 Denali Street
Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone (907) 343- 2975
This is where the genealogy society meets. Also the society provides volunteers in the library's gen. dept. on Wed's. Access available to Heritage Quest census records thru the library's on line site. WONDERFUL. Anybody with a library card can access the site on-line.
Anchorage Museum - Rasmuson Center 121 West 7th Avenue
Anchorage 99501
Phone: 343.4326
Fax: 343.6149
Exhibits and collections represent Alaska's Natives, state history, and Alaskan art. Spacious galleries house informative and educational exhibits of the permanent collection and temporary exhibits from around the world. Education-based programs include: classes, tours, lectures, performances, and films. Special exhibits, classes and events for children. Facilities include: museum shop, cafe, library and archives. Accredited by the American Association of Museums.

Crow Creek Mine Crow Creek Mine
P.O. Box 113
Girdwood, AK 99587
Phone (907) 229-3105
Search for gold nuggets in a well-known gold mine which has produced over 45,000 ounces of gold! Try you luck, pan for gold and learn what the work of a miner was like during the gold rush days of Alaska. Location is on Seward Highway about one hour south of Anchorage, Alaska.

Eklutna Historical Park and Museum 16515 Centerfield Drive
Suite 201
Eagle River AK 99577

Oscar Anderson House Museum

420 M Street
Anchorage, AK. 99501
(907) 274-2336

Built in 1915 by Oscar Anderson (the city butcher), this was the first permanent frame home in Anchorage. Anchorage's only house museum (c. 1915), located adjacent to the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail with a sweeping vista of Cook Inlet. During guided tours, visitors will learn about the early history of Anchorage (Tent City, the Alaska Railroad, the land auction) and about Oscar Anderson, a Swedish immigrant and Anchorage pioneer and businessman, and his family. One of the city's first privately built permanent family residences, the small wood frame house has been restored to the 1915-1925 time period and contains many original fixtures and items belonging to the Anderson family, including a 1909 Hallet and Davis player piano.

Russian Orthodox Museum 605 A Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: 907.276.7257
Fax: 907.274.7257

Objects representing history of the Russian Orthodox Church in Alaska.

ELFIN COVE
Elfin Cove Museum PO 36
Elfin Cove, AK 99825
Phone: 907.239.2222
Fax: 907.239.2224

Beginning collection of local artifacts and history.

HYDER
Hyder Community Association Physical location:
Main Street, adjacent to Forest
Service office and public library.
Mailing address:
PO 149, Hyder, AK 99923
Phone: 907.636.9148
Fax: 907.636.9148
A small museum with historical artifacts and photos and a nice collection of local wildlife.
JUNEAU
Alaska State Archives PO Box 110525
141 Willoughby Avenue
Juneau, AK 99811-0525
Phone 907.465.2270
Fax: 907.465.2465
Alaska State Museum 395 Whittier Street
Juneau, AK 99801-1718
907.465.2901.
Fax: 907.465.2976

Established in 1900, the Museum collects, exhibits, and interprets the human and natural history of Alaska. The Museum features a full-size bald eagle nesting tree and extensive ethnographic exhibits on the cultures of Alaska's Native people. Two galleries offer changing exhibits. Docent tours scheduled throughout the summer. Arboretum on grounds features Alaska plants. The Museum provides statewide museum services and assists in the development of the state's cultural and historic resources. The Museum Store, operated by the Friends of the Alaska State Museum, offers a wide array of Native arts, publications, and educational materials. Accredited by the American Association of Museums.
Juneau-Douglas City Museum Mailing Address:
155 South Seward Street
Juneau, Alaska 99801

Physical Location:
corner of 4th and Main Street
(907) 586-3572

Exhibits and videos feature early Juneau life and gold mining history. Large relief map of Juneau, 500-700 year-old basketry-style fish trap, visitor information, historic downtown Juneau guide, and museum shop available. Art exhibits featuring local artists change Oct-April, local history exhibits change throughout the year.

Gastineau Channel Historical Society
PO Box 21264
Juneau, AK 99802
Phone: 907-586-5338
History of Juneau Online
Last Chance Mining Museum

PO Box 21264
Juneau AK 99802
(907) 586-5338

Located in the historic compressor building associated with the former Alaska Juneau Gold Mining Company which operated in Juneau from 1912 until 1944. The museum features one of the world's largest air compressors and other industrial artifacts associated with hard rock gold mining. The site also includes electric locomotives and rail cars which hauled men to the mine and ore to the mill. Access to the museum is via a short hike up the hill on a trail of uneven terrain-well worth the effort. Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Alaska Gold Rush Properties.

Alaska Historical Collections
Alaska State Library
Mailing Address:
PO Box 110571
Juneau, Alaska 99811-0571
Physical Location:
8th Floor State Office Building
333 Willoughby Ave.
Juneau, Alaska
Phone: 907.465.2925
Fax: 907.465.2990

Egan Library - University of Alaska Southeast 11120 Glacier Hwy (BE1)
Juneau, AK 99801
Circulation: 796-6300
Reference: 796-6502
Toll Free: 877-796-6502
Fax: 907-796-6302
Sealaska Heritage Institute One Sealaska Plaza, Suite 301
Juneau, Alaska 99801
Phone (907) 463-4844
Fax (907) 586-9293

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) is a regional Native nonprofit organization founded for the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people of Southeast Alaska. SHI was established in 1981 by Sealaska Corp., a for-profit company formed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA).
House of Wickersham Physical location:
213 7th Street
Mailing address:
400 Willoughby Ave.
Juneau, AK 99801
Phone: 907.586.9001 or 907.465-2453
Historic home of Judge James Wickersham, first Alaska territorial delegate to Congress, Gold Rush judge, proponent of "home rule" and noted historian. Wickersham family heirlooms and Native arts and crafts, furniture, concert square piano.

KETCHIKAN
Genealogical Society of S.E. Alaska P.O. Box 6313
Ketchikan, AK 99901

Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, USDA Forest Service 50 Main Street
Ketchikan, AK 99901
Phone: 907.228.6220
Fax: 907.228.6234

Experience world-class exhibits and audiovisual programs. Discover Tsimshian, Haida and Tlingit totem poles, the rainforest room, a Native fish camp scene, and exhibits on Southeast Alaska's ecosystems, fishing, mining, timber and tourism. Located one block from the cruise ship dock in downtown Ketchikan.

Tongass Historical Museum 629 Dock Street
Ketchikan, AK 99901
Phone: 907.225.5600
Fax: 907.225.5602

The varied and colorful history of Alaska's feisty "First City" unfolds at the Tongass Historical Museum. Discover Ketchikan as Native fish camp, gold and copper mining center, fishing port, timber town, salmon capital, transportation hub, and lively community. Changing exhibits. Located downtown at the North end of historic Creek Street.

Totem Heritage Center Physical location:
601 Deermont Street
Mailing address:
629 Dock Street
Ketchikan, AK 99901
Phone: 907.225.5900
Fax: 907.225.5901

Visitors to the Totem Heritage Center are awed by a world-renowned collection of original, unrestored 19th century totem poles, retrieved from abandoned Native villages near Ketchikan. Additional exhibits illuminate the rich culture of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people of Southeast Alaska. Located on Ketchikan Creek, across from the Tribal Hatchery and Eagle Center.

PETERSBURG
Clausen Memorial Museum Physical location:
203 Fram Street
Mailing address:
PO 708
Petersburg, AK 99833
Phone: 907.772.3598 .
Email:
clausenmuseum@aptalaska.net

Clausen Memorial Museum assists you as you explore the beauty and bounty of the Stikine River delta, Coastal mountain glaciers and the Mitkof, Kupreanof and mainland areas. Logging and fishing for salmon, halibut, black cod, crab, shrimp and more are just some of the attractions that have drawn hard-working people to make a living in this area for at least two thousand years. Find out how to catch a halibut, rig a long-line, peel a shrimp, harvest a forest, set a fish trap, make lutefisk and clean a salmon. Enjoy a trip to the past and see cannery equipment, the Cape Decision light lens, a Tlingit canoe, the Fisk sculpture, the world's largest mounted king salmon and much more. Special programs for adults and children are presented during the year. The museum shop, and easy access to parking, rest rooms and exhibit areas are provided.

SITKA
Sheldon Jackson Museum 104 College Drive
Sitka, AK 99835
Phone: 907.747.8981
fax: 907.747.3004
Email:
scott.mcadams@alaska.gov

Dr. Sheldon Jackson, museum founder, had the distinction of serving in three pioneer fields during the late 1800s, founding Protestant missions and schools, establishing the public school system, and introducing domestic reindeer. In his travels he reached many sections of Alaska, as well as the coast of Siberia, gathering the majority of the artifacts now seen in the museum. Located on the campus of Sheldon Jackson College, the museum was established in 1888 to preserve the natural and cultural history of Alaska. The building, listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, was constructed in 1895 and is the oldest concrete building in the state. Since 1984, it has been one of the Alaska State Museums. The Museum Shop carries Alaska Native handicrafts, arts, carvings, baskets, dolls, and silver, as well as publications and graphics relating to the collections.

Sitka Historical Society and Museum 330 Harbor Drive
Sitka, AK 99835
Phone: 907.747.6455
Fax: 907.747.6588

Make the Isabel Miller Museum, in the Centennial Building, your first stop, as Sitka's history unfolds here. Packed with displays, photographs and artifacts, the museum provides a perspective for almost everything one sees during a visit. One of the first things visitors notice is a scale model of Sitka circa 1867, the time of the transfer of Alaska from Russia to the U.S. Exhibits include the legacy of WWII. Ever wonder how Sitkans: Tlingit, Russian and early American, lived during the last thousand, hundred or ten years? It's here. An attractive gift shop offers many exclusives and a collection of Tlingit, Russian and local hand-crafted items related to collections.

Sitka National Historical Park Physical location:
Visitor Center:
106 Metlakatla Street
Russian Bishop's House:
Lincoln Street
Mailing address:
103 Monastery Street
Sitka, AK 99835
Phone: 907.747.6281
Fax: 907.747.5938

The museum collection includes Tlingit ethnographic items, Tlingit and Haida totem poles, Russian American historical and archaeological collections, historical photographs, archives and herbarium specimens. The park's Visitor's Center features exhibits on Tlingit culture, and a slide program on the 1804 "Battle of Sitka." A wing of the Visitor Center houses the Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center, Inc., an independent organization of Tlingit artists who demonstrate and teach traditional wood and silver carving, (see below). An extensive collection of historic Tlingit and Haida totem poles, originally brought to Sitka by Alaska's first territorial governor, border the park trail along Sitka Sound. Also within park grounds is the site where Kiksadi Tlingit fought the Russians in 1804, before establishing Sitka as capital of Russian America. The Russian Bishop's House, a National Historic Landmark in th e care of Sitka National Historical Park, is one of four original Russian structures remaining in North America. Exhibits on its first floor interpret Russian American fur trade in Alaska, and the roles of the Russian American Company and Russian Orthodox Church. Located in downtown Sitka on Lincoln Street, the house's second floor is restored to its 1850s' appearance with original and period furnishings.

Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center 106 Metlakatla Street
Suite C
Sitka, AK 99835
Phone: 907.747.8061
Fax: 907.747.8189
Studios 907.747.8122.
Email:
seaicc@gci.net

SEAICC provides a program of Northwest Coast art demonstrations and cultural interpretation in three studios- wood, metals and fiber arts. During the winter we offer instruction in N.W. Coast art media. We have displays of student art and special exhibits year round. SEIACC also sponsors special projects and collaborates with other regional organizations.

SKAGWAY
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Physical location:
Second & Broadway
Mailing address:
PO 517
Skagway, AK 99840
Phone: 907.983.2921
Fax: 907.983.9249

Housed in the circa 1898 White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad Depot, the historic Moore house and the Mascot Saloon. Collections consist of over 200,000 archaeology artifacts associated with the Klondike gold rush and 3,000 copies of historic photographs of the gold rush period. Library and 100-seat auditorium. Guided tours, interpretive programs, films and permanent exhibitions.

Skagway Museum and Archives Physical location:
700 Spring Street
in the Historic District.
Mailing address:
PO 521
Skagway, AK 99840
Phone: 907.983.2420
Fax: 907.983.3420
Email:
info@skagwaymuseum.org

Skagway's unique history as a vital transportation corridor and gateway to interior Alaska and the Yukon is portrayed in the artifacts, photographs and historical records of the past century exhibited in the McCabe College Building. On display are a Tlingit canoe, a Portland Cutter sleigh, Bering Sea kayaks, a WP&YR locomotive and caboose, and a 1931 Ford AA truck. Also exhibited are supplies, tools and gambling equipment used in the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898 and an Alaska Native heritage collection of baskets, beadwork and carvings.

WRANGELL
Wrangell Genealogical Society PO Box 928
Wrangell, AK 99929
Tribal House of the Bear Physical location:
Foot of Front Street
Mailing address:
PO 868
Wrangell, AK 99929
Phone/Fax: 907.874.3747

Replica of a traditional tribal house constructed by the CCC during the Roosevelt administration. Display of tools used in the construction of the building. Replicas of the famous Shakes house posts. Also has the Frog house posts of the Kiksadi clan. Interpreter gives history of the house and local information.

Wrangell Museum Physical location:
296 Campbell Drive
Mailing address:
PO 1050
Wrangell, AK 99929
Phone: 907.874.3770
Fax: 907.874.3785
Email:
museum@wrangell.com

History of Wrangell beginning with early Native American prehistory, SE Alaska Native American cultures; Russian and British contact period; Gold Rush period; fishing, mining and forest industries; turn-of-the-century Wrangell. Display includes original house posts from Chief Shakes house carved in the mid-1700s. A "spruce canoe", one of very few still in existence, a turn-of-the-century spruce and cedar bark basket collection, several original totem poles, and everyday memorabilia. Museum gift shop sells books, cards, petroglyph stamps, and Wrangell garnets from Garnet Ledge.

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