Alaska Native Heritage Center

Enjoy exhibits, films, artifacts, and more at the Alaska Native Heritage Center, located at 8800 Heritage Center Dr. Surrounded by a forest, this tourist destination is a fantastic introduction to Anchorage’s  history. Part cultural center and part museum, new exhibits are always arriving and you can check the schedule at the official site.

Go back 10,000 years and discover Alaska’s roots. The Gathering Place is the center stage for Native Game demonstrations, traditional dancing, and world-class storytelling. In the Hall of Cultures, you’ll find objects, exhibits, and artifacts that introduce you to the five primary culture groups in the area. There’s also an arts and crafts station for little ones. Local art vendors are often in the hall sharing and selling their work.

Plan Your Visit

Head to The Theatre to catch one of the movies, including the “Stories Given, Stories Shared” Heritage Center short film. From the landscapes to the local traditions, it’s a perfect introduction to your stay in Anchorage. Outside, stroll along six authentic Native American dwellings situated near Lake Tiulana.

You’ll learn traditional ways of living from the Athabascan, Yupkin, Inupiaq, Cup’ik, Fyak, Aleut, and Alutiiq people. With every village featuring a scaled traditional structure, visitors are whisked away to experience first-hand life in another culture. Culture representatives are on each site, and guided tours happen throughout the day.