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. There’s also a large painting by local artists depicting traditional Chilkat Indian life along the river, a collection of skulls, a large number of preserved bald eagles, and an eagle’s nest.
Ask about the money-saving Museum Pass that includes the Eagle Foundation, the Sheldon Museum, and the Hammer Museum.