The Alaska Native Heritage Center is a renowned cultural center and museum in the city of Anchorage, and offers an exciting and fasciating museum experience where people can come to expand their understanding of Alaska's first people!
Through their various exhibits, they want you to feel the heartbeat of the states Indigenous People - and to hear their stories. Throughout the Heritage Center you can explore their history and discover a cultural heritage that is in fact still living and thriving in the communities today!
The Alaska Native Heritage Center is the largest cultural institution of its kind in Alaska, and it's where you can enjoy a unique experience to learn and explore the traditional and contemporary ways of Alaska’s beautiful Indigenous cultures.
The Heritage Center is so much more than a museum. It's a place where you can engage and interact–to ask questions and discover! When you visit you will take on a journey through 10,000 years of Alaska Native history and culture through art, dance, Native Games demonstrations, traditional Native dwellings, films and more!
Their winter programming includes guided tours, as well as Alaska Native Games demonstrations, dance performances, tea time with an elder, and more!
Their summer programming includes daily guided tours, as well as those dance performances, Alaska Native Games demonstrations, and even Alaska Native Artists selling their work!
During your visit, stroll through six authentic life-sized Native dwellings situated in a wooded area around the beautiful Lake Tiulana. One of the center's Culture Bearers will introduce you and all who visit to the traditional lifeways of the Iñupiaq, St. Lawrence Island Yupik, as ewll as the Athabascan, Eyak, Haida, Tsimshian, Tlingit, Unangax̂, Alutiiq/Sugpiaq, Yup’ik, and Cup’ik peoples.
Make sure to stop by the whale bones at the Iñupiaq site!
There is also a theatre that shows a variety of movies all throughout the day, and the Hall of Cultures that features a number of unique and dynamic exhibits teaching each of the five major culture groups of Alaska.
Kids can have a great time too with the Alaska Native craft activities, and Alaska Native artists who demonstrate and sell their work throughout the Hall of Cultures. You can even take home a piece of traditional Alaska Native made art!
With always something new to discover and learn, make a visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Center part of that family day out itinerary!
They are located at 8800 Heritage Center Dr. in Anchorage, around a 7 minute drive from the Tikahtnu Commons. They offer a convenient shuttle service from Downtown Anchorage.
If driving: From the Glenn Highway, exit at North Muldoon Road. From Tudor Road, drive east on Tudor, which becomes Muldoon Road. Continue driving straight over the Glenn Highway and then take the first right. (You will see an Alaska Native Heritage Center Sign) Keep driving a bit further until you reach our parking lot, where they have ample parking including reserved Elder parking.
$14.50 (winter), $29.00 (summer)
Ages 4 to 17: $9.50 (winter), $19.00 (summer(
$25.00 / $12.50 seniors / Alaska resident discounts
Currently there isnt a cafe at the end of 2022, but there is one coming soon!
They run classes throughout the year on various topics, so keep an eye out to see if you want to take part and learn more about the culture and traditions!
They have a really great gift shop where you can pick up authentic Alaska Native arts! There are plenty of gift ideas, plus souvenirs and educational items - plus art - to take home!
Plan a visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Center with your students today! They offer self-guided school visits, and can accommodate K thru 12, and it's a great way for students to learn Alaska's history and heritage!
Give them call to ask about accessibility!