Prince William Sound & Copper Basin Museums and Cultural Centers
Museums, Cultural Centers
This cozy, well-regarded museum in the heart of downtown Cordova will bring you up to speed on the community’s natural history, Native and pioneer heritage, and a tumultuous modern era that included the Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964 and the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound.
The Maxine and Jesse Whitney Museum has one of the world’s largest collections of Native Alaskan art and artifacts. Displays include Trophy Class Taxidermy mounts, Native Alaskan dolls, beadwork, baskets, masks, archaeological artifacts, and a large collection of ivory carvings and tools. Hours Summer: Daily 9am-7pm Winter: Mon-Fri 9am-12pm, 1pm-5pm, excluding college holidays. Admission Adults: $5, Seniors over 60 and military: $4, Children… ...more
The museum portrays the community’s unique and colorful history from European exploration in the 1700s to contemporary oil transportation. Permanent exhibits are accented by temporary exhibitions of arts and crafts. Major artifacts include a 19th century Fresnel Lighthouse Lens, a beautifully restored 1907 Ahrens “Continental” steam fire engine and a companion 1880s Gleason & Bailey hand-pumped fire engine, saltwater aquariums with the… ...more