The Sheldon Jackson Museum is the oldest museum in Alaska, located in the first concrete building in the state. It was built in 1895-97. The Sheldon Jackson Museum is now on the National Register of Historical Places.
All the Native groups in Alaska have artifacts on exhibit in the museum. Most of the nearly 5,500 items were collected by Rev. Dr. Sheldon Jackson, the museum’s founder. A different artifact is featured each month.
The more famous pieces include real totem poles, full-size kayaks, a baidarka, various baskets woven by many different Alaskan tribes, beautifully decorated clothing, and carved rock sculptures. These displays not only help visitors learn about Alaska’s past, but also help native Alaskans remember their forebears and the way they lived.
The Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum is a nonprofit organization which incorporated in 1985. They help keep the museum going by obtaining grant money and volunteering their time. They also bring interest to the museum by acquiring new items and bringing in working artists who demonstrate their art to visitors on a daily basis during the summer.
The museum has a gift shop, so you can take home souvenirs of your visit.
The daily Native artist demonstration offered during the summer. The Alaskan artists are a highlight for many visitors to the museum. They represent cultures across Alaska, and are always open to questions and comments about what they do. Also, be sure to check out the museum’s “artifact of the month.”
SUMMER HOURS AND FEES
Open daily, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
$4.00/person • $15 Annual Pass • Free for 18 and under
Phone: (907) 747-8981