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Totem Bight State Historical Park

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Address: Ketchikan, AK
Phone Number: 9076171461
07:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 18:00
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Good ole totem poles

Fun to visit. Did not spend a whole lot of time here but worth checking out if u have not been before. Lots of visitors

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Jenny C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Fun to visit. Did not spend a whole lot of time here but worth checking out if u have not been before. Lots of visitors

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can go without a travel guide, but it really did enhance our experience. We learned about native culture and local plants/berries. Beautiful park would highly recommend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

This park has a lodge that you can enter and totem poles with some explanations on a sign. It is right on the water, so you can check out the rocky beach. There is a poem on one of the display signs. The office was closed when we were there. It would be better to go when it is staffed.

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Woodstock, Ont
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

The short trail through the park has a number of beautiful trees! We took photos of the totem poles and enjoyed going inside the Community house where people used to gather for meetings, ceremonies etc. Sorry, I can't remember the name of the building but it was very nice to go inside and feel the history of this place.

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Plymouth, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

We visited Totem Bight State Historical Park as part of a Ketchikan city tour package. This park is perfect for learning about totem poles IF you have a knowledgeable guide who can explain the meaning and symbols that the totems include. It's a short walk from the parking lot to the totem and clan house area, not a hard walk... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

The collection here is small but excellent. Pay your fee at the small booth before you get to the totem poles. The man working in the booth was able to answer all of our questions. The only disappointment was that the building where carvers work was not open the day we went. I'm not sure if that building is part... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The park is a walk through venue with many locally made totem poles. A guide can greatly enhance your experience by giving facts about the totem poles, the culture of the native tribes and a view of a typical house used in the early days.

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California Central Coast
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

I toured the island while my husband spent time fishing. I was particularly interested in the Totem Bight Park due to its historical and cultural significance. It was lightly raining when I when got there, which seemed to add to the beauty of the place. I spent time wandering and also joined a tour. The totems are really magnificent, and... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Totem Bight is a great public park, with a collection of unique and interesting totem poles. It dates back to a WPA project in the 1930's, where significant poles were saved from abandoned native villages. While many of the poles have been reproduced due to damage from storms, several are unlike any totems I've seen anywhere else. This is a... More 

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Welches, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Ten miles north of Ketchikan. You can take the bus there for $1, 50 cents for seniors or students. The setting is beautiful, and a nice walk through the park looking at the poles. There is a building where poles are being repaired and the clan house is not to be missed. DO NOT miss Potlatch Part adjacent to Totem... More 

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