Museum Collections

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.

Photo montage of three items from the museum collections, an arrowhead encrusted with lichen, a plant sample, and an oval sign with the words "Twin Lakes Hilton" carved into it.
The Lake Clark museum collection consists of over 245,000 objects.

NPS photos


By the Numbers

  • 34,104 archeological artifacts
  • 9 ethnographic items
  • 4,620 historical photos, artifacts, and documents
  • 200,748 documents in the park archives
  • 6,428 biological specimens
  • 36 paleontological specimens
  • 69 geological samples
  • 9 objects of art

Total: 246,023

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. Contact us if you are interested in doing research or for a tour of the collections.

An ammonite fossil


The bountiful fossils found in Lake Clark shed light on creatures from a previous world.

Black and white photo of two men with salmon backbones and beaver feet taken in the early 1940s.

History & Culture

Lake Clark has a rich cultural tradition going back 10,000 years that includes Native Alaskans, American homesteaders, and Dick Proenneke.

Last updated: August 26, 2018

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PO Box 226
Port Alsworth, AK 99653


(907) 781-2218

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