Visit Sitka's Museums

Founded by a missionary dedicated to education and preserving Alaska Native culture, the Sheldon Jackson Museum features many Native artifacts and 19th century works of art. See the Eskimo, Aleut and other Alaska Native carvings, tools, boats and more that the revered Dr. Sheldon Jackson collected on his travels across Alaska and Siberia. Also bringing Sitka’s early history to life is the Sika Historical Museum, packed with displays, photographs and artifacts from Sitka's Tlingit, Russian and American history. See Southeast Alaska’s unique marine ecosystem in action at the Sitka Sound Science Center’s aquarium and hatchery. Feel pointy urchins and bumpy starfish in the tidal pool touch tanks or step into the Salmon Bubble to see how the fish view the oceans. Marvel at the “60 Feet Deep” tank that’s home to rockfish, eel and other animals that thrive in the ocean’s depths. From the salmon hatchery, learn about the special relationship between hatcheries, commercial fishers and aquaculture specialists and conservationists.


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