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Step Back in Time at the Russian Bishop's House

The reception room, which contains a tea setting with furniture, under a portrait on the wall of Czar Alexander.
Take a ranger-led tour of the restored Bishop's residence.

NPS photo/Weston Kessler

Experience Russian America's Legacy

The Russian Bishop's House is one of the last remaining buildings from the Russian colonial period in North America. This original 1843 log structure conveys the legacy of Russian America through exhibits, refurbished living quarters, and lavish icons in the Chapel of the Annunciation.

The free, self-guided museum of the ground floor includes a wonderful 20 minute video and exhibits on Russian America. The ranger-guided tours of the upstairs reveal the restored Bishop's residence and the Chapel of the Annunciation.

Details

We recommend you set aside at least 20 minutes to watch the film, 30 minutes to explore the museum exhibits, and 30 minutes to take the Ranger-guided program on the second floor.

Suggest 15 and older, but all ages are welcome.

Only service animals allowed inside.

The main floor museum is free. There is a special amenities fee of $4 for the Ranger-guided program of the second floor.

The Russian Bishop's House is located at:

501 Lincoln Street, Sitka Alaska, 99835

If you have a car: Parking can be found across the street from the Russian Bishop's House in the Crescent Harbor parking lot.

If you do not have a car: The Russian Bishop's House is located on Lincoln Street, the main street in downtown Sitka. It is a 5 to 15 minute walk from all major hotels in Sitka, as well as from the main docks where cruise ship passengers disembark.

Reservations are not required, though large groups (12+) interested in attending the Ranger-guided programs are encouraged to call ahead.

The Russian Bishop's House is open regular hours every day from May through September, and is open on request from October through April.

The Russian Bishop’s House is open daily, 9 am - 5 pm, in summer. The park film plays on a continuous loop. Ranger-guided programs are offered every half hour (e.g. 9 am, 9:30 am, 10 am), until the final tour at 4:30 pm each day.

Accessibility Information

The main floor of the house is handicap accessible, with the film “An Icon Reborn” exploring the rooms on the second floor. The second floor is only accessible by stairs. The film is always shown with open captions.

Last updated: April 17, 2018