The museum has two sections, the Egan and the Hazelet, named after their respective streets. The highlights of the Hazelet include a 35- by 40-foot model of what Old Town looked like before the 1964 earthquake and artifacts of the historic event that registered 9.5 on the Richter scale. An award-winning film that screens often describes the quake. Two blocks away, the Egan explores the lives, livelihoods, and events significant to Valdez and surrounding regions. On display
are a restored 1880s Gleason & Baily hand-pump fire engine, a 1907 Ahrens steam fire engine, and a 19th-century saloon, and there are exhibits about local Alaska Native culture, early explorers, bush pilots, and the 1989 oil spill. Every summer the museum hosts an exhibit of quilts and fiber arts made by local and regional artisans.