Ketchikan Center

Summer Hours: Open seven days a week 8 AM - 4 PM (Reduced hours Wednesday & Saturday 8 AM - Noon) until October 2022.

At the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center in downtown Ketchikan, you can explore the unique natural and cultural history of the Tongass National Forest, a place where people have lived in harmony with nature for thousands of years. Stroll through a lush rainforest, visit a re-created native fishing village and learn how the Tongass sustains Southeast Alaska communities today. You can also hear the story of the forest in person from one of our friendly Forest Service rangers, enjoy a film in our comfortable theatre or help your kids become Junior Rangers. In the summer, join a ranger for a guided walk and learn about Ketchikan's enduring ties to the rainforest.

Southeast Alaska Discovery Center
50 Main St
Ketchikan, AK 99901
Email Address:
(907) 228-6220
(907) 228-6234
Summer (May 1 - September 30)
Daily 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Winter (October 1 - April 30)
Fridays 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday Night Insights run until 7 pm January-April

The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center includes exhibits and interactive displays about the land, people, and culture of Southeast Alaska. Walk through the temperate rainforest, experience a native fish camp, view wildlife through a spotting scope, and much more.

  • The Meaning of Wild
  • A Fish Story
  • Our Native Legacy
Tours & Programs
  • Ranger Talks & Walks
  • Junior Ranger Program
For Parents and Teachers
  • Field Trips
  • Education Kits
  • Classroom Visits
  • Junior Ranger
  • Scavenger Hunts