Tongass Historical Museum Exhibits

Exhibits inspire, educate and connect.

Explore Ketchikan’s history and heritage through exhibits, past and present.

Tongass Historical Museum Exhibits

Exhibits inspire, educate and connect.

Explore Ketchikan’s history and heritage through exhibits, past and present.

TONGASS HISTORICAL MUSEUM CORE EXHIBIT

Ketchikan Is…

Resiliant. Independent. Resourceful. These words surfaced repeatedly from community members as this exhibit came to life. Add in unrelenting rain and back-breaking rock and watch the dynamics of this unique town emerge. We invite you to take a journey through Ketchikan’s past to better understand the present and be inspired for our future.

Industries leave their imprint on Ketchikan. Here, a sign from the Ketchikan Pulp Mill (1954-1997) reminds us of the once thriving logging industry.
Discover the role that the Grumman Goose played in Ketchikan's history.

CURRENT FEATURE EXHIBIT

Into the Wind: Aviation as Southeast Alaska’s Lifeline

MARCH 6, 2020 - JANUARY 15, 2022

Aviation is our way of life; it touches every aspect of island living. Airplanes deliver mail and air freight, provide emergency medevac transport, take passengers for work and play, sports teams to games, as well as bring food, supplies, and even Santa to remote communities.

To take a deeper look into this important industry, the Tongass Historical Museum is featuring Into the Wind: Aviation as Southeast Alaska’s Lifeline, an exhibit weaving together science, history, art, and contemporary issues to explore the role of aviation in our past, present, and future.

Into the Wind explores the dedicated people that keep planes running smoothly, and the communities and industries that depend upon them. Pilots, mechanics, dispatchers, dockhands, medics, flight service and others share their unique perspectives on what makes flying in Southeast Alaska different from flying anywhere else.

Illustrated through photography and local art, family scrapbooks and films, from pilots’ flight logs and mechanics’ tools to float pumps and receiver headsets, join us as we consider how aviation developed in our community and how it remains a vital part of life in southeast Alaska.

DIVE DEEP & EXPLORE

With thousands of photographs, objects and archives, there's much to discover. We're adding to these digital records on a regular basis. Don't see what you're looking for?

Give us a call at 907-225-5600.

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FROM THE VAULT

EXPLORE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PAST

Past Exhibits

Past exhibits feature the many authentic stories from Ketchikan’s unique past, curated through photos and artifacts from the museum collection in addition to loans from the community.