The Aleut take on the islands is offered at the unmissable Museum of the Aleutians, directly next to the Ounalashka Corporation office. Small, but quite remarkable, its displays include original drawings from Captain Cook's third voyage, a traditional gut parka, and more. Opened in 1999, this museum highlights the cultural, military, and natural history of the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands (the latter are located to the north, in the Bering Sea). Native artifacts that were once scattered around the world, but have been repatriated to the Aleuts' homeland, tell the story of the human presence here, from prehistoric to contemporary times. These exhibits on the Aleuts' centuries-long habitation of the remote, harsh islands are complemented by others that feature the Russian occupation, the Gold Rush, World War II, and Unalaska/Dutch Harbor's continued importance as a global fishing port. In summer, the museum sponsors archaeological digs—participants may join for a few hours, a day, a week, or a month—as well as periodic lectures by visiting scientists, historians, and researchers.
314 Salmon Way, Unalaska, Alaska, 99685, United States