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 you 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, Native Games demonstrations, exhibits, traditional Native dwellings, films and more.
We are open to the public throughout the Summer Season, and we offer exclusive private tours from October through Mid-May. Learn more and plan your visit below!
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! Join us and learn a song or practice a traditional game with one of our staff on stage.
The Hall of Cultures
The Hall of Cultures features a number of unique and dynamic exhibits that will teach you more about each of the five major culture groups of Alaska.
Alaska Native craft activities will keep the children entertained, and Alaska Native artists demonstrate and sell their work throughout the Hall of Cultures. You can take home a piece of traditional Alaska Native made art!
The Theatre shows 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 as well as the beautiful landscapes and climates from each of the regions in Alaska.
During your visit, you will stroll through six authentic life-sized Native dwellings situated in a wooded area around beautiful Lake Tiulana. One of our Culture Bearers will introduce you to the traditional lifeways 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 stop by the whale bones at the Iñupiaq site– it’s one of our best spots to snap a photo during your visit!