Feel the heartbeat of Alaska’s Indigenous People. Hear their stories. Explore their history and discover a cultural heritage still living and thriving today at the largest cultural institution in Alaska.
The Alaska Native Heritage Center offers a unique experience for each visitor to learn and explore the traditional and contemporary ways of Alaska’s Indigenous cultures. More than a museum, the Center is a place to engage and interact–to ask questions and discover.
Our living cultures continue to flourish in a changing world, and although our world changes, our values and traditions remain. Your visit today will take you on a journey through 10,000 years of Alaska Native history and culture through art, dance and Native Games demonstrations, exhibits, traditional Native dwellings, movies and more.
There is always something new to discover at the Alaska Native Heritage Center!
The Gathering Place
The Gathering Place is center stage for Alaska Native dancing, compelling Native Games demonstrations, and intriguing storytelling. New to our summer programming interactive Alaska Native dance and games demonstrations! Join us and participate in learning a song or practice a traditional game with one of our staff on stage.
The Hall of Cultures
The Hall of Cultures features exhibits and demonstrating Alaska Native artists. Visitors discover more about each of the five major culture groups through engaging exhibits. Alaska Native craft activities will keep the children entertained.
Alaska Native artist vendors demonstrate and sell their work in the work areas in the Hall of Cultures. Take home a piece of traditional Alaska Native made art!
The Theatre hosts a variety of movies all day, including the Heritage Center-produced film, “Stories Given, Stories Shared.” This introductory film offers an opportunity to learn about the many different cultures of Alaska Native people, its beautiful landscape and climates all highlighted from each of the regions in Alaska.
Guests stroll through six authentic life-sized Native dwellings situated in a wooded area around beautiful Lake Tiulana and are introduced to the traditional life ways of the Athabascan, Inupiaq/St. Lawrence Island Yupik, Yup’ik/Cup’ik, Aleut, Alutiiq, and the Eyak, Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian peoples.
Each village site has a traditional structure along with artifacts that each group used in their daily lives. Make sure to see the whale bones at the Inupiaq site; a favorite spot for picture-taking. Visit with the culture representatives in each village site.