How to Spend a Day at the Alaska Native Heritage Center

Most trips to Alaska are centered around the great outdoors. But if you encounter a rainy day on the Last Frontier, you’ll need to head inside! The Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage is a great place to escape the rain. Just a short drive from our inn, this renowned cultural center shares the heritage of Alaska’s Indigenous people through activities, displays, demonstrations, and more! Here’s why a trip to this facility should be on your Alaska itinerary.

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Explore the Alaska Native Heritage Center


The Alaska Native Heritage Center teaches visitors about Alaska’s 11 major cultural groups, including the Athabaskan, Eyak, Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian, Unangax, Alutiiq, Yup’ik, Cup’ik, Siberian Yupik, and Inupiaq people. Visit the Gathering Place for dancing, games, demonstrations, and storytelling. Or, head to the Hall of Cultures and admire artwork created by native Alaskan artists. You can also watch a variety of educational films in the theatre. When it’s time for lunch, enjoy a delicious beverage or Alaskan-inspired meal at the Grind Time Cafe.


Did you know that the Heritage Center is situated on 26 wooded acres around Lake Tiulana? If weather permits, visitors may stroll the property and explore six life-sized Native dwellings. Each has a traditional structure along with artifacts that Alaskans used in their daily lives. (Be sure to check out the whale bones at the Inupiaq site. It’s a great place for photos!) Guided village site tours are at available at 10:15 a.m., 12:15, 2, and 3:30 p.m.

Tickets & Hours

The Alaska Native Heritage Center is open for the summer season from May to mid-September. Summer rates are as follows:

  • Adults – $24.95
  • Seniors/Military – $21.15
  • Children ages 7 to 16 – $16.95
  • Children 6 and younger – free

Stop by the Anchorage Museum

One of the best ways to experience our region’s fascinating culture is by purchasing a joint ticket to the Heritage Center and the Anchorage Museum. Tickets are just $29.95 and include admission to both facilities. You can take a complimentary shuttle from the Heritage Center to the Museum.

Located in the heart of Anchorage, the Anchorage Museum is the largest museum in Alaska and is a great place to bring the family. Over 20 exhibits explore the history of Alaska through art, ethnography, ecology, and science. The Museum even presents a full calendar of public programs and classes. Check their website for details.

Come Home to Alaska Garden Gate B&B and Cottages

After a wonderful day in Anchorage, take an easy 45-minute drive back to our inn and relax. Our bed and breakfast in Palmer, AK offers a unique, local feel and a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. We have accommodations for every type of traveler – from economical inn rooms to luxurious two-bedroom cottages. Plus, we provide a delicious hot breakfast each morning. Check our availability online or give us a call to book your stay today!

For even more adventures in Alaska, check out our awesome day trip itineraries.

Photo courtesy of the Alaska Native Heritage Center.