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Sheldon Jackson Museum

Representing Alaska's Native Cultures; Yup'ik, Inupiaq, Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian

Sheldon Jackson Museum Review

Near the campus of the former Sheldon Jackson College, this octagonal museum, which dates from 1895, contains priceless Native Alaskan items collected by Dr. Sheldon Jackson (1834–1909), who traveled the remote regions of Alaska as an educator and missionary. This state-run museum features artifacts from every Native Alaska culture; on display are carved masks, Chilkat blankets, dogsleds, kayaks, and even the impressive helmet worn by Chief Katlean during the 1804 battle against the Russians. The museum's small but well-stocked gift shop, operated by the Friends of the Sheldon Jackson Museum, carries books, paper goods, and handicrafts created by Alaska Native artists. If you open the drawers under the glass cases all around the main room of the musem, you'll find on-exhibit artifacts.

Updated: 06-12-2013

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