Kenai Peninsula Museums & Cultural Centers
Museums, Cultural Centers
Take a step back into Seldovia’s past while learning about the present at the Seldovia Museum & Visitor Center. Check out detailed exhibits on the cultural traditions and legacies of the Native peoples of the area, see interactive wildlife exhibits and pick up free travel information and maps.
Homer’s Pratt Museum preserves the stories of the Kachemak Bay region and provides a gathering place for people to learn and to be inspired by this region and its place in the world. The museum’s extensive collection offers an excellent way to learn more about the landscape, communities and ecosystems of the area.
Soldotna Historical Society, located on Centennial Park Road, features a wildlife museum and historic log village. Among the log buildings is the last territorial school built in 1958, where students studied by the light of gas lanterns, still hanging in the school. Soldotna’s founing settlers arrived in 1947. The “habitable dwellings” which entitled two of these first homesteaders to 160 acres from what is now mid-town Soldotna are part of… ...more
This little museum is a must see in Cooper Landing. Housed in two historic buildings, the old school house, built in 1955 and Jack Lean’s Cabin, circa 1920; the Cooper Landing Historical Society Museum covers the mining history of cooper landing, the lifestyle of early residents and the natural history of this area. Don’t miss the brown bear skeleton reconstructed by local school children.
The local history museum, operated in partnership with the Resurrection Bay Historical Society, is situated on the first floor. The library, located on the second floor, offers computer with internet access, youth programs, and preschool story time for no cost.
Soldotna’s homesteaders arrived in 1947, visit the Soldotna Homestead Museum and take a look at some of the area’s early homestead cabins. The museum also features handmade utensils and pioneer objects as well as Alaska Native artifacts, boats and the original schoolhouse. Hours Summer only or by appt. Admission No admission fee, donations accepted.
The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska was created to meet the educational needs of students throughout Alaska. Using simulated space and earth science missions, distance education and hands-on workshops, the CLCA inspires youth to develop an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and to consider careers in these fields. Using space and earth sciences as a medium, participants work in an environment that spans the… ...more
The museum presents the chief events of Seward’s history through photographs, artifacts and documents. There is also a fine collection of Native baskets and ivory carvings on display. During the summer there are evening programs consisting of two slide shows: The History of Seward and The History of the Iditarod Trail. A special open house is held every August 28 in honor of the founding of Seward in 1903. Museum shop carries books by local ...more