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The Sitka Historical Museum is a history museum in Sitka, Alaska with a focus on interpreting Sitka and Southeast Alaska’s history. Known as the only museum in Sitka that contains elements of all of Sitka’s history, the Sitka Historical Museum has exhibits, photographs, artifacts, and archives related to Sitka’s Tlingit, Russian, and American history, and particularly, the period surrounding and following Alaska’s 1867 transfer from Russia. The breadth of history interpreted makes the Museum a great first stop for travelers to orient themselves to Sitka.
Museum staff can provide answers to historical questions, interpret artifacts and relay tales of the unique individuals who have made Sitka a very special destination for the visitor. The museum also has a small gift shop featuring a choice selection of historical books about Sitka, locally created Tlingit art, and a great variety of reasonably priced gifts, including hand-made wooden Russian Matryoshka nesting dolls.
The Sitka Historical Museum is operated by the Sitka Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is located in Harrigan Centennial Hall at 330 Harbor Drive in downtown historic Sitka.
The mission of the Sitka Historical Society is to preserve and promote the events, stories and artifacts of the human history of the Sitka area for the inspiration, education and benefit of the public and future generations.
The Sitka Historical Society is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. At the time of its founding, the Society did not have a dedicated space to store and exhibit its collections, but in 1967, with the major support of the City and Borough of Sitka and volunteers, including long-time Sitka resident, Isabel Miller, the collections were moved to their new home in Harrigan Centennial Hall and opened its doors to the public.
Bob Medinger, Executive Director
Photo Credit: St. Peter's by the Sea Church by Thomas Johnson, circa 1940 (PH7677); Tlingit Canoe in front of the Sitka Trading Post, circa 1898 (PH1179); Sitka from Castle Hill, circa 1880 (85.22.1); Sailors in front of Arrowhead Transfer by Frank Duffy, circa 1940 (89.36.46); and Baranov's Castle by Case & Draper, circa 1890 (PH520).
Sitka: One of the best small towns in America to visit for history and culture.
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The curator position has been filled. Thanks to all those who applied!
Centennial Hall will be open Sundays this summer season! Hours
The Sitka Historical Museum is engaged in a Pre-Development planning effort through the Foraker Group and sponsored by the Rasmuson Foundation, to plan for a new museum and examine the sustainability of such a project for the Sitka Historical Society and the City of Sitka. For more information on this project go to the Museum Planning page on our website.
Professional research papers are included that highlight new views of the Russian era in Sitka, and throughout Alaska, from 1741 to 1867.
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