Discover Haines! The Sheldon Museum is the museum of the Chilkat Valley. Experience the art and culture of the Tlingit people. Re-live pioneer days, explore the gold rush, the Dalton Trail and life at Fort William H. Seward. The museum store has a large selection of local and Alaskan books and art. Accredited by the American Association of Museums.Hours
Just a 10-minute walk from downtown along the waterfront, this fort was built by the U.S. Army starting in 1902, then purchased by Army veterans in 1947. The former hospital building has been transformed into Alaska Indian Arts, where totem poles, masks, and jewelry are created in the Tlingit style.
A collection of approximately 1400 types of hammers, representing many different trades and uses, housed in a cottage-style house. The Hammer Museum provides a journey into the past through the use of man's first tool. From ancient times to the present, the hammer tells the story of man's progress and ingenuity. A unique adventure for the whole family.
Charlie Anway, one of the town’s early pioneers who homesteaded the property, built the cabin in 1903. Anway had a knack for gardening and eventually developed the famous Anway strawberry—a berry so large and juicy that Haines became known as the Strawberry Capital of Alaska. In 2003, the property was donated to the Chilkat Valley Historical Society; plans are in the works to restore the cabin and open it to visitors.
The American Bald Eagle Foundation and Live Raptor Center is a non-profit education center located near the post office, a few blocks from downtown Haines. And in the summer, the center hosts live raptor programs featuring bald eagles, owls, hawks, and other birds of prey. The museum has an enormous room filled with realistic taxidermy displays of a wide variety of Alaskan critters. You’ll also find a variety of habitats and species realistically positioned, including ocean-dwelling creatures like halibut; river species like salmon; bear and moose; and mountain dwellers like Dall’s sheep and mountain.
The American Bald Eagle Foundation and Live Raptor Center is a non-profit education center located near the post office, a few…
Opening May 2016! The newly constructed Jilkaat Kwan Cultural Center is the newest attraction in the Chilkat Valley. The facility is located 22 miles up the Haines Highway in the Chilkat Indian Village of Klukwan. In historic times, Klukwan was a thriving and prosperous village, due to the abundant salmon and smelt runs. Its villagers, who controlled the trade routes to the interior of Alaska and Canada, grew wealthy and commissioned fine works of totemic art. In fact, some of the finest examples of Native American art in North America were carved in this village.
A relatively new event, the Celebration of Bears takes place in August, a time when the pink salmon run is peaking and bear viewing along the Chilkoot River is most reliable. Hosted by the Alaska Chilkoot Bear Foundation, the free, two-day festival promotes bear education.
The Alaska Bald Eagle Festival takes place the second week of November, coinciding with the largest congregation of bald eagles in the world. The non-profit American Bald Eagle Foundation hosts the event, and tickets include transport to the Bald Eagle Council Grounds, live raptor presentations, educational programs, and other events.
The Kluane Chilkat Bike Relay takes place in June, right around the longest day of the year (the summer solstice). The 8-leg relay starts in Haines Junction, Yukon, and ends in Ft. Seward in Haines, a distance of 150 miles. It attracts a wide range of enthusiasts, from serious bike racers to local teams simply out to have a good time.
You probably call them “snowmobiles,” but Alaskans call them “snowmachines.” The Alcan 200 is billed as the “fastest snowmachine race on earth.” Machines have been clocked over 110 miles per hour as they zoom along the 154-mile course, from the Canadian Border to Dezadeash Lake, Yukon Territory. Portions of the Haines Highway are closed during the race, and plenty of partying takes place in town before and after this January event.
The Chilkat Center for the Arts is the creative hub of Haines. The facility features a 300-seat auditorium that has hosted everything from local children’s plays to a stripped-down version of the Moscow Symphony. There’s a dance studio where locals get together to practice activities like yoga, jujitsu, and ballet. The center is also the home of local public radio station KHNS, which serves Haines and nearby Skagway.