Haines Museums & Cultural Centers

When in Haines, visit the captivating museum and cultural centers to immerse yourself in the region’s history and hear the stories of native tribes.

Museums, Cultural Centers

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 Sum­mer Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm Sat-Sun: 1pm-4pm Extended…  ...more

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.

The dream of the famed Chilkat tribe of Tlin­git Indi­ans, this work­ing muse­um hon­ors the great lega­cy of North­west Coast art as prac­ticed by a proud and wealthy peo­ple. It hous­es the famed Whale House arti­facts while serv­ing as a work­shop for con­tem­po­rary carvers and weavers.

Built like a cathe­dral but with two sto­ries of win­dows to let the out­doors in, the Haines Library is a gath­er­ing spot for vis­i­tors and res­i­dents alike. Three easy chairs at the end of its great hall are a priv­i­leged nook for patrons who get their first. When opened in 2002, Library Jour­nal ranked this as the nation’s finest small library. It’s also the town’s archi­tec­tur­al land­mark, with a cathe­dral-like design and high wall of win­dows that bring  ...more