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Alaska Native Heritage Center

Go on a dog team ride and meet the racers and husky pups, as you learn about the many groups of Alaskan Natives.

The Alaska Native Heritage Center is an intriguing institution that teaches us about 11 cultures that inhabited Alaska before European arrivals. The center was set up in 1999 to promote self-esteem and pride among indigenous groups. The customs of the Alaskan Natives, who played a major role in the history of the state, are explained in the hall, museum and theater. Learn about these peoples, as you stroll through scenic parts of the 26 acres (11 hectares) of woodland.

Discover six life-size dwellings for a glimpse into the state’s past. Speak to a guide about their construction and the day-to-day life inside. The dwellings are situated around the postcard-pretty Lake Tiulana. Stop for a picnic in the pleasant setting and discover the whale bones lodged in the ground at the Inupiaq site. Talk to the culture representatives at each dwelling.

Take an audio tour of the site with a mobile application. Rent headphones from the visitor center and watch videos revealing the secrets of the indigenous cultures of Alaska. The Hall of Cultures contains galleries showing Alaskan Native works of art. Speak to the vendors who are selling their art about the themes and styles.

Watch the kids as they go on a treasure hunt and find items hidden around the center. Exhibits on Alaskan Native life decorate the Welcome Center. Learn parts of the indigenous languages of the region. Team Baker Tours offer you the chance to enjoy a dog team ride. Stop for snacks and refreshments at the café.

The Alaska Native Heritage Center is open daily in summer from morning until late afternoon. There is an entrance fee with a discount for children. Toddlers enter for free. The center is closed in winter except for when it hosts various free events.

Drive 7 miles (11 kilometers) northeast of the city center of Anchorage to reach the center, where you can park for free. The journey should take around 20 minutes, as you pass the Russian Jacks Springs Park North. To the east of the center you'll find attractions such as the Moose Run Country Club, Ship Creek and Cottonwood Park.


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