• Autumn photo of Lake Clark and the Aleutian Range in Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

    Lake Clark

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Collections

Featured Item

Check out a digital rotating exhibit by reading our blog, Object of the Month. You'll view items from the park's museum collection and archives in this monthly series.

 

The Lake Clark National Park and Preserve museum collection consists of more than 200,000 objects-from an impressive herbarium collection to the many journals, letters, and objects from the park's most famous resident, Dick Proenneke.

Collections staff also care for archeological artifacts from extensive surveys, over 2,000 historic photographs, a rich collection of oral history interviews, fossils, archives, preserved small mammals, and other items reflecting the cultural and natural history of this unique place.

By the Numbers

  • 34, 070 archeological artifacts
  • 9 ethnographic items
  • 4,571 historical photos, artifacts, and documents
  • 196,385 documents in the park archives
  • 6,078 biological specimens
  • 36 paleontological specimens
  • 69 geological samples

Total: 241,219

Many of these items are fragile and require special conservation. The museum specialists at Lake Clark National Park and Preserve ensure that these irreplaceable pieces of the past will be available to future generations.

Did You Know?

Dick Proenneke's cabin on Twin Lakes.

Richard Proenneke built his cabin on Twin Lakes using only hand tools and his own labor. He began work on the cabin in 1968 at the age of 51 and lived there until 1998, when he was 82.