THING TO DO

Explore the Sitka NHP Visitor Center

closeup of several totem poles with carvings of humans, birds and other animals
The Totem Hall exhibit contains some of the original poles that were brought to the park in early 1900's.

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Explore the Visitor Center and Meet with Demonstrating Artists

Sitka National Historical Park is the oldest National Park in Alaska, being first set aside as a public park by President Benjamin Harrison in 1890. Exhibits in the visitor center let you learn more about Tlingit culture and way of life. Demonstrating artists work in the Cultural Center studios each day, working on traditional crafts like wood carving, metal engraving, beading, sewing and regalia work.

  • Talk to a park ranger
  • Learn about Totemic art, salmon, sea otters, and more with free Ranger programs
  • Watch the 12-minute park film "Voices of Sitka," which is a narrated movie that tells the story of Sitka from the perspectives of Tlingit, Russian and American residents
  • Explore the museum to learn about Tlingit culture
  • Visit with local artists working on traditional art, including wood carving, beading, regalia sewing and metal engraving.
  • Watch a slideshow of historic photos of the Tlingit community in Sitka.
Details

We recommend you set aside at least 15 minutes to watch the film, 30 minutes to explore the museum exhibits, and 45 minutes to take a Ranger-guided program.

All ages are welcome.

Only service animals allowed within the visitor center.

Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.

Sitka National Historical Park Visitor Center is located at

106 Metlakatla Street, Sitka Alaska, 99835

If you have a car: Parking is available in the visitor center's upper and lower parking lots.

If you do not have a car: The visitor center is located justoff of Lincoln Street, the main street in downtown Sitka. It is a 15 to 25 minute walk from all major hotels in Sitka, as well as from the main docks where cruise ship passengers disembark. City buses also stop at the visitor center's upper parking lot every hour.

The visitor center is open regualr hours (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) every day from May through October, and is open limited hours (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.) every day in the winter months.

The visitor center is open daily, 8 am - 5 pm, in summer. The park film plays on request. Ranger-guided programs are offered daily, with varying programs and times each day. Check the park calendar online or on the daily program schedule at the visitor center

Accessibility Information

Handicap parking is available in the visitor center parking lot. The visitor center itself is handicap accessible. The park film is always shown with open captions, with assisted listening devices available upon request.

Last updated: April 17, 2018