Outside picture of SEADC signs

The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center summer hours began on Sunday, May 1, 2022, with the center open seven days per week, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. except for Wednesdays and Saturdays when the center closes at noon. The center will also be closed on federal holidays.

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.  

  • Catch an Interpretive program map talk or join a ranger 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!
  • The USDA Forest Service is collaborating with Agents of Discovery and several leading conservation organizations to launch Mission Conservation. The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center has two Agents of Discovery missions. It’s totally FREE!  For more information click the QR code below or simply download the Agents of Discovery app, available on the App Store and Google Play. 
  • The Alaska Hummingbird Festival Juried Art show promotes awareness of the spring migratory birds of southeast Alaska through creative arts. Artwork from Alaskan artists will be on display through June 24.
  • On July 1, we will have our opening reception for our annual Summer Art Exhibition featuring artist Gabriele Beyer’s show titled, Inside the Inside Passage. Most of the inspiration for the show stems from her years traveling between Washington state and southeast Alaska on the wooden vessel Orina.

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.

For interviews and information to be used for publication, contact the Tongass Public Affairs Officer at 907-228-6201.