Alaska Native Heritage Center
- Type: Museums, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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What makes Alaska truly unique are the cultures that thrive there. For example, you can learn all about the Last Frontier's indigenous people at the Alaska Native Heritage Center, which is devoted to preserving customs that have been around much longer than the cities that now call Alaska home. There are three main parts: A gallery that displays native artifacts, a performance hall where members of native communities tell stories, dance and show off their athletic abilities, and a grouping of seven traditional dwellings that represent the lifestyles of some of the tribes.
Recent visitors agree that the Alaska Native Heritage Center offers a superb educational experience, but to get the most out of your visit, take some time to chat: "The best part of the visit was talking to the natives that were each representing their area of Alaska," writes one TripAdvisor user. "Without doing so, you won't get the full appreciation for what the center represents."
The Alaska Native Heritage Center sits northeast of downtown Anchorage along the Glenn Highway and welcomes visitors daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. between May and September. The center is closed during the winter except for Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and during monthly special events. Admission is pricy -- $25 for adults and $17 for children -- but previous visitors say that the cost is worth it. For more information, visit the center's website.