If you’re interested in learning more about the native residents of the Juneau region, the Sealaska Heritage Institute is a great place to start. This non-profit organization is dedicated to telling the story of the very first residents of this region, which are today known as the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures. Take a look at the many exhibits, admire the gorgeous works of art, and browse the gift shop.
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Visit the Sealaska Heritage Institute
The Sealaska Heritage Institute was founded in 1980, originally sponsored by the Sealaska Corporation. The purpose of the institute is to educate any visitors on local Alaskan tribes, as well as enhance the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures in Southeast Alaska. The organization is based out of the Walter Soboleff Building, which is just a two-minute walk from Silverbow Inn. Inside, you’ll find exhibits, a gift shop, and art galleries that showcase the best of Southeast Alaskan culture. Even the building is a work of art, designed to emulate a traditional bentwood box, which is used to hold special possessions.
Tour the Building
One of the institute’s current exhibits details the relationship between the Native Peoples and the land. Also on display is a “clan house,” which were historically seen throughout Southeast Alaska. It includes a fire pit and spaces for communal activities. You will also see the largest glass screen in the world, which was made by a Tlingit glass artist. Finally, don’t leave the institute without stopping by the Sealaska Heritage Store, where you can find authentic Native-made art, gifts, and souvenirs. There’s no better way to support these artists and continue the institute’s great work!
The Sealaska Heritage Institute is open during the summer from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission is just $5, so this is definitely a budget-friendly activity.
Attend Celebration in Juneau
Are you interested in learning more about Alaskan culture? Attend Celebration in Juneau and experience the best of what Native culture has to offer. This event is held by the Institute and takes place toward the beginning of June. Most of the festival consists of lectures and panels, but there will also be food contests, a fashion show, and an artist’s market.
Stay at Silverbow Inn
Stay just minutes away from Sealaska Heritage Institute! Silverbow Inn is ideal for travelers looking for a boutique hotel experience without the traditional stuffiness of a bed and breakfast. Our sleek, modern rooms are the perfect place to spend the night after exploring the best of what Juneau has to offer.
Check our availability and book today! We look forward to having you.