Tongass Historical Museum and Ketchikan Public Library

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The champion of Ketchikan’s diverse and vibrant history is the Tongass Historical Museum, located within walking distance from the cruise ship docks. This is a great place to start your exploration of Ketchikan, giving you an overview – in context – of how the city has evolved: from a native summer fish camp, through the gold rush years, as a salmon fishing mecca, to today’s thriving tourist community that supports all kinds of artists and businesses.

With just 1,500 square feet of exhibit space, it won’t take you long to check out the rare artifacts and historical photographs unique to each particular era. Exhibits are ever-changing and dynamic - typically focused on art, photography, history, Alaska Native culture and community interests.

A quick trip to the Tongass Historical Museum will inspire you to explore more of the city – and you’ll understand it better. Entry is just a few bucks, and you can get there with the free downtown shuttle on a rainy day.

Getting There

629 Dock Street
Ketchikan, AK 99901
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Tongass Historical Museum and Ketchikan Public Library

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