Rich in history, Kodiak is home to four museums that celebrate the island’s heritage. Whether you want to explore the first people of Kodiak Island, the Russian era, territorial days, World War II or the rich commercial fishing history, one of the island’s museums will leave you with a better understanding of the community you are visiting.
Founded in 1995, the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository offers exploration of 7,500 years of Kodiak’s cultural history. Through collaborative work with the community and other museums, the Alutiiq Museum continues to collect and preserve Alutiiq cultural history. The museum houses one of the largest collections of Alutiiq artifacts in existence.
The Alutiiq Museum is supported and governed by the Alutiiq Heritage Foundation and is dedicated to preserving and sharing Alutiiq heritage. This cultural center features a gallery, storage for more than 190,000 local artifacts, and a research laboratory. A museum store features unique jewelry, art and books on Native History. Watch for special events, classes, publications and lectures.
Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Closed Sundays and open Monday by appointments only.
Tours for educational groups available by appointment
Admission:$7 adults, children 16 and under free; Blue Star Member (Active Duty Military and family free Memorial Day to Labor Day.)
Explore Kodiak's rich history, from Alutiiq culture and the Russian colonial period to the early American era, WWII and the present day. The Baranov Museum is located within Kodiak's 200-year-old National Historic Landmark building known as the Russian American Magazin, or the Erskine House. A museum store offers a broad selection of Russian arts and crafts.
The Baranov also offers a variety of programs for children and families throughout the year. They frequently offer classes in Native and Russian arts and crafts. Contact the museum for more information.
Winter: Labor Day through late May, Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Closed in February.
Admission $5.00, Children 12 and under free.
Kodiak’s “museum without walls,” the Maritime Museum is located along the sidewalks of St. Paul Harbor. This unique museum is dedicated to the recognition and preservation of Alaska’s rich maritime heritage. Displays along the harbor give visitors a better understanding of the state’s commercial fishing industry and the abundant marine resources. A Waterfront Guide is available at the Visitor Information Center. www.kodiakmaritimemuseum.org
Military History Museum
Located in the Ready Ammunition Bunker at Fort Abercrombie State Park, the Military History Museum is dedicated to the contributions of the military during World War II. Visitors get “hands-on” experience with field communications equipment.
The Ready Ammunition Bunker served the two 8-inch Mark VI coastal battery guns at Miller Point. It was called the Ready Ammunition bunker because it was equipped to return fire if there was an attack. The guns were never used in battle; they were only fired in practice.
More cool places to visit
Kodiak National Wildlife Interpretive Center
Located in downtown Kodiak, this visitor center is a great place to learn about the life cycle of salmon, the habitat of bears, bird calls, and everything there is to know about the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge that occupies two-thirds of Kodiak Island. Alaska Geographic also has a great gift store inside this center.
Summer: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Daily
Winter: 10 a.m.– 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
Kodiak Fisheries Research Center
Touch Tank and Aquarium
Kodiak’s ecosystem is abundant in scenic beauty, marine habitat, commercial fishing resources and research opportunities. The Fisheries Research Center seeks to enrich each visitor’s knowledge, understanding and appreciation of one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world.
The Center’s touch tank and aquarium lets visitors get up close and personal with aquatic life that populates Kodiak waters. Children and adults enjoy the opportunity to touch sea anemones, starfish, crabs, sea cucumbers and more!
Summer hours (Memorial-Labor Day) Monday-Saturday 8-4:30
Winter hours Monday-Friday 8-4:30