Rich in history, Kodiak is home to four museums that celebrate the island’s heritage.
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.
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.
Summer Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 pm, Closed Sundays; Winter Hours: Wednesday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m – 4:30 p.m., Closed Sunday to Tuesday
Tours for educational groups available by appointment
Admission:$5.00 adults, Children 12 and under free
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.
Summer: Late May through Labor Day, Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Winter: Labor Day through late May, Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Closed in February. Admission $3.00, 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. www.kadiak.org