While spending time in museums may not be the primary reason to visit Alaska, missing a museum would be missing an integral part of the journey, especially one in Alaska’s Rainforest Islands.
The Nolan Center houses the award-winning Wrangell Museum. It provides an interactive and historical interpretive walk through Wrangell’s and the surrounding region’s history. Contact the Wrangell Museum by email or at 907-874-3770.
The Clausen Museum in Petersburg looks back at the early Norwegian and fishing lifestyle of the region. Outside the museum, “Fisk”, an 11 foot bronze fountain-sculpture created by Carson Boysen, depicts halibut, salmon, and herring. Contact the Clausen Memorial Museum at 907-772-3598
The Alaska Rainforest Islands’ museums are not limited to buildings. The communities are “living museums”, where visitors can experience Alaska and a way of life few get to encounter in the 21st century.
Visitors to Alaska want to see and experience Native culture, something easily accommodated within Alaska’s Rainforest Islands. Authentic Tribal Houses can be seen in Klawock and Hydaburg on Prince of Wales and in Wrangell; totems throughout Prince of Wales, and in Wrangell and Petersburg. Of particular interest to many a visitor and resident alike are the petroglyphs (ancient stone carvings) found on area beaches at Petroglyph Beach State Historic Park in Wrangell, a Sandy Beach in Petersburg, and some on Prince of Wales, as well.
Local Events and Festivals
Alaskan’s enjoy celebrating our way of life through fairs, parades, and community potlucks. The best way to enjoy local hospitality and make new friends is joining in a celebration. Find out What’s Happening on our communities during your visit by checking the regional Calendar of Events.