Sitka Tourist Attractions
The fishing port of Sitka on the west side of Baranoff Island in the Alexander Archipelago, founded by Alexander Baranoff in 1804, was once the chief town of Russian America. Places of interest are icons and vestments from the Orthodox church of St Michael (built 1844, burned down 1966) and the Sheldon Jackson Museum (artifacts, masks, craft products and clothing of Eskimos and Indians). In the Sitka National Historical Park are displays of materials illustrating the culture of the original Indian tribes and the Russian settlers and the scene of the last battle (1804) between Russians and Tlingit Indians, commemorated by Indian totem poles.
Sitka National Historical Park
Sitka National Historical Park was set up in 1910 as a memorial for the Battle of Sitka in 1804. A battlefield and fort are all that remain as a reminder of this battle.The battle was fought between the Tlingit Indians and fur hunters along with Aleut natives. This was the last major resistance by Alaskan natives towards European domination.The Russian Bishop's House is one of the last surviving examples of Russian colonial architecture. Built in 1843, this original log structure has been restored and furnished as it was for the Bishop's living quarters.
Official site: www.nps.gov/sitk/
Address: National Park Service, 106 Metlakatla Street, Sitka, AK 99835, United States
Sheldon Jackson Museum
Considered one of the oldest continuously operating museums in Alaska, the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka houses collections of Eskimo, Aleut, and Northwest Coast and Athabaskan Indian artifacts. Pelts, sleds, kayaks, masks, ivory, and a variety of other items are on display.Each summer Native artists and artisans demonstrate their individual specialties at the Sheldon Jackson Museum. These may include totem carving, mask making, ivory and silver carving, basket making, and weaving.
Official site: www.museums.state.ak.us/sheldon_jackson/sjhome.html
Address: 104 College Drive, Sitka, AK 99835-7657, United States
Alaska Raptor Center
The Alaska Raptor Center is a 17 acre rehabilitation center that houses and treats numerous birds of prey, including eagles, ravens, falcons, and owls. The center began with volunteers treating injured birds at their homes! Information and displays on these birds and their habitats are presented at the center. There is also a video presentation and demonstrations.
Official site: www.alaskaraptor.org
Address: Box 2984, Sitka, AK 99835, United States
Isabel Miller Museum
The Isabel Miller Museum offers a variety of exhibits on the history of Sitka, including the Tlingit lifestyle, as well as Russian and American pioneers. Other settlers in Sitka were from Finland and Asia. The daily life of all the pioneers is exhibited including social, political and religious struggles of these Sitka residents.
Official site: www.sitka.org/historicalmuseum
Address: 330 Harbor Drive, Sitka, AK 99835, United States
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