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 theme of the museum—"Where Cultures Meet"—exemplifies the diversity of material in the collection, with an introduction to the rich local history of the Eyak people and other Alaska Native cultures. Displays describe Cordova’s role as the terminus of Copper River & Northwestern Railway that serviced what was once the world’s largest copper mine in Kennecott (inside the current Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.) Cordova was a staging area for Alaska’s first oil boom in Katalla and evolved to become the home port for one of the state’s most valued commercial fisheries. A small gift with books and local art, plus monthly evening programs.


Summer: Mo-Sa 10-6pm, Su 2-4pm.

Winter: Tu-Fr 10am-5pm, Sa 1-5pm.


$1, 18 and under, and members of the Cordova Historical Society or Museums Alaska: Free.

Getting There

601 1st Street
Cordova, AK 99574

Cordova is on Orca Inlet on in the southeastern corner of Prince William Sound, about 150 miles from Anchorage and 50 miles from Valdez (about 85 miles by water.) Currently most people book an airline flight from Anchorage. The Alaska Marine Highway System sometimes offers limited ferry service to Cordova from Whittier, Valdez and other ports. In 2020, sailings are scheduled several times a week between July and September.

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