Experience Alaska Native Culture

From a subsistence lifestyle to music and art, Alaska Native culture is vibrant in Nome. Located on the edge of the Bering Sea on the southwest side of the Seward Peninsula, Nome is a hub for Northwest Alaska. Visitors who want to experience its indigenous culture should head to the Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum.

Located on the ground floor of the Nome Public Library, the Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum offers a wide variety of displays and historic pictures to help visitors discover the lifestyles and art of the indigenous Bering Strait people.

In addition to visiting the museum, travelers can check out the local shops to purchase Alaska gifts such as sealskin slippers, Alaska art, numerous ivory, jade or soapstone carvings and more.

For an even deeper dive into Nome’s culture, time your trip to coincide with nearby festivals like the Savoonga Walrus Festival, the Shishmaref Carnival or the Gambell Whaling Festival. It may require a short flight to get there but the experience will be well worth it.


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