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NOTICE: The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center will be open Thursday through Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. until October. The center will be open during these times as long as the community risk levels related to the pandemic allow for safe entry for visitors and employees. Unvaccinated visitors are requested to wear masks when entering the visitor center, and social distancing protocols will be in place throughout the lobby, exhibits and theater.

Visitors are required to purchase a pass from May 1–Sept. 30 to enter the Visitor Center. Passes can be purchased upon entry. Day use passes sell for $5 per person and season passes will be for sale for $15 for the card holder and two guests the entire season. Those age 15 and younger are free. Federal lands passes, such as the “America the Beautiful” pass, Senior Pass, or Military Pass are also accepted and sold.


Come discover Alaska's rainforests and learn about the people who call them home at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center in downtown Ketchikan. Explore 20,000 square feet of exhibits showcasing the beauty, diversity and history of the Tongass National Forest, which encompasses nearly 17 million acres of southeast Alaska.  

  • Join us for our virtual 2021 Friday Night Insights programs. Each Friday night offers a fun and informative topic.
  • Catch an Interpretive program map talk every 15 and 45 minutes past the hour. Join a ranger for a 10 minute presentation on the Tongass NF. Learn about salmon, bears, geology, and native cultures. Fun for the whole family!
  • From brown bears prowling the old growth in our Rainforest exhibit to fishermen plying the Inside Passage in search of salmon in our Natural Resources exhibit, visitors get to see what makes the “Last Frontier” so unique and valuable. 
  • In our Native Traditions exhibit, discover how Southeast Alaska's vibrant native cultures have endured and thrived for thousands of years, living in harmony with the rainforest they call home. 
  • Relax in the 210-seat, Elizabeth Peratrovich theater and enjoy high-definition films showcasing the Tongass' natural wonders and hard-working people.
  • Kids will love our Junior Ranger Corner, where they can get hands-on with Southeast Alaska's critters and earn their Tongass Junior Ranger badge. Get your Junior Ranger and Tongass Junior Ranger booklets signed and earn your Junior Ranger patch!

Admission is $5 for adults 16 and over, children 15 and under free with an adult. America the Beautiful Passes are accepted and issued. More information on our Fees & Passes page.

 





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