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On an island amid towering spruce and hemlock, Sitka National Historical Park preserves the site of a battle between invading Russian traders and indigenous Kiks.ádi Tlingit. Totem poles from Tlingit and Haida areas line the park’s scenic coastal trail, and the restored Russian Bishop’s House is a rare reminder of Russia’s colonial legacy in North America.

A close up of a totem carving

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A historic photo from the Merrill Collection.

The E. W. Merrill Collection

The park museum collection includes 1167 glass plate negatives by photographer E.W. Merrill, offering a glimpse of early 20th century Sitka.

Historic china on a table with a ranger and tour group in the background

Visit the Russian Bishop's House

Tours of the Russian Bishops House in the winter (October - April) are available by appointment (staffing dependent). Call (907)747-0110

Close up photo of a formline frog and raven at the base of the K'alyaan Totem Pole.

The Totem Poles of Sitka NHP

Discover the unusual story of how the park's totem pole collection came to be.

traditional dug out canoes on a rocky shore in front of houses lining the coast

The Tlingit of Shee Atiká

The modern Tlingit culture can trace their heritage in Sitka back over 10,000 years.

Figures carved into a log. Natural wood color with red and black paint highlight the images.

Re-Carving the Waasgo Legend Pole

The history of the Waasgo Legend Pole and the current third generation carving.

Last updated: November 7, 2021

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103 Monastery St.
Sitka , AK 99835


907 747-0110

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