Alaska Premier Charters Inc. Wild Strawberry Lodge Sitka Alaska

Sheldon Jackson Museum

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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.

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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.”

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

[For several reasons, our] whole trip, from the lodge Sunday morning to our condo in Cincinnati last night, was about 32 hours long. Fortunately, the luggage and fish boxes arrived with us. The fish was still frozen when we unpacked it after we got home. That extra care your fish packers took in wrapping the catch with that foil-bubble insulation material really did the trick. I really appreciate your seeing to that. We had a wonderful time in Sitka. The Checkmate is a terrific, well-built boat. Having the head on board sure makes for a far more comfortable and enjoyable experience out on the water. We were lucky to have Captain E.J. and deckhand Tom taking care of us out there. They were professional and friendly at the same time, a good combination of traits, and they made sure we had a good time. E.J. makes fantastic sandwiches, Tom made sure we kept our lines untangled, hooks baited and our bait in the water, and the girls made some absolutely addicting cookies for us. Your client coordinator took really good care of us. She helped the three ladies to have two super days exploring Sitka. All of us had an unforgettable experience. We enjoyed the camaraderie with everyone in the lodge. We met some neat people from all over. We loved the breakfast girls! As always, our accommodations were clean and comfortable. Well, anyway, thanks a million. I wish I could come back sooner and more often. In the meantime, I visit your website every day to look at the catch of the day and read Tom's blogs. I have the Sitka weather on my computer all the time. My heart is there. Best wishes for a successful season. Please extend our sincere thanks to all of your staff for a job well done. I couldn't recommend your operation highly enough. -Mark F. (June 2010)