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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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Check out our Anchorage things to do page to discover more activities while you're here.


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Aptel Studio Hotel ¥6,657
Aptel Studio Hotel

Aptel Studio Hotel

624 Rodeo Place, Anchorage, AK
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Airport Heights Community Council, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, University of Alaska - Anchorage, and Alaska Airlines Center. Providence Alaska Medical Center and Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    SpringHill Suites Anchorage University Lake ¥10,969
    SpringHill Suites Anchorage University Lake

    SpringHill Suites Anchorage University Lake

    4050 University Lake Dr, Anchorage, AK
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this University Area hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Alaska Pacific University, Alaska Airlines Center, and University of Alaska - Anchorage. Goose Lake Park and David Green Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      Alaska House of Jade Bed and Breakfast
      Alaska House of Jade Bed and Breakfast

      Alaska House of Jade Bed and Breakfast

      3800 Delwood Pl, Anchorage, AK
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in University Area, this bed & breakfast is within 3 mi (5 km) of Alaska Botanical Garden, Alaska Airlines Center, and University of Alaska - Anchorage. Nunaka Valley South Park and Muldoon Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        Inlet Tower Hotel And Suites ¥6,519
        Inlet Tower Hotel And Suites

        Inlet Tower Hotel And Suites

        1020 West 12th Avenue, Anchorage, AK
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this Downtown Anchorage hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bootlegger Cove, Delaney Park, and Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. Sullivan Arena is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away. Anchorage Alaska Railroad Depot is 22 minutes by foot.

          Camai Bed And Breakfast
          Camai Bed And Breakfast

          Camai Bed And Breakfast

          3838 Westminister Way, Anchorage, AK
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this University Area bed & breakfast is within 2 mi (3 km) of Alaska Pacific University, Alaska Airlines Center, and University of Alaska - Anchorage. Goose Lake Park and Nunaka Valley South Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Merrill Field Inn ¥8,427
            Merrill Field Inn

            Merrill Field Inn

            420 Sitka St, Anchorage, AK
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this hotel in Downtown Anchorage is within 3 mi (5 km) of Pioneer School House, Sullivan Arena, and University of Alaska - Anchorage. Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall and Anchorage Market and Festival are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Westmark Anchorage Hotel ¥8,322
              Westmark Anchorage Hotel

              Westmark Anchorage Hotel

              720 West 5th Avenue, Anchorage, AK
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this Downtown Anchorage hotel is in the city center, within 2 mi (3 km) of Alaska Experience Theatre and Sullivan Arena, and close to winter sports such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall and Bootlegger Cove are also within 5 minutes. Anchorage Alaska Railroad Depot is 10 minutes by foot.

                Goose Lake Lodge B&B
                Goose Lake Lodge B&B

                Goose Lake Lodge B&B

                3040 Widgeon Lane, Anchorage, AK
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this University Area bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Goose Lake Park, University of Alaska - Anchorage, and Alaska Airlines Center. Sullivan Arena is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.