Inupiat Heritage Center

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The Inupiat Heritage Center is a place of learning, sharing, and passing on our Inupiat traditions. At the Heritage Center, you will learn about the Inupiat people of the North Slope, their history, their way of life, both past and present. Our museum features the main whaling exhibit, a migratory bird exhibit, a traditional room for working on arts and crafts, a classroom, and a multi-purpose room for workshops, meetings, and/or parties. We also house a maintain photo and audio collections and archives from our past. Our gift shop sells local crafts such as baleen baskets, ivory carvings, jewelry, clothing, and educational materials. During the summer tourist season you can take part in the Tundra Tours program held 7 days a week, where you can watch and participate in a demonstration of Eskimo dance which is not offered during our winter months. You will also find local artists selling their crafts in the foyer during this time. The offices of the Inupiat History, language, and Culture Division are also located in the center. In our Traditional Room you can observe local craftsmen working on skin boats, creating art work made of baleen and/or ivory, and occasionally you will also see local residents preparing for traditional and cultural festivities. The lobby of our museum holds a 35 ft. life size bowhead whale. Museum Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Summer weekends 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm *During the summer tourist season we are open 7 days a week, evening on holidays. Admission: Adults (18-59) $10.00, Youths (7-17) $5.00, College Students $5.00, Senior Citizens and Military are FREE. We are located across from AC Value Center next to Senior Center and Tuzzy Library. For more information please call our office. (907) 852-0422.