Cruising Alaska Off-Season — Ketchikan’s Totem Heritage Center

Time to hit the local bus for a side trip Ursula was dying to make. She had her sights on a very specific museum owned and operated by the city of Ketchikan. This particular museum is dedicated to that indigenous art form known as the Totem Pole. Today I present to you the awesome Totem Heritage Center. But let’s take one last look at the navigation bridge of the Ovation of the Seas before we hit the bus:

Crew hard at work on Ovation‘s navigation bridge

It didn’t take long for the bus to arrive, as the city runs buses at 15-minute intervals when the cruise ships are in town. From there it was about a short to the far east side of town. Where the bus drops you off the center will be to your right, but don’t miss the small stone bridge to your left before heading inside for this charming view along Ketchikan Creek:

Ketchikan Creek view at the Totem Heritage Center

Back toward the center is where you start encountering some very impressive totems, beginning with this sentinel alongside the center’s ramped entrance walkway:

The totem guarding the center’s ramped walkway entrance

Lighting inside the center can be rather challenging, and many photographing exhibits is made additionally challenging as many are behind reflective glass. For the later, I got very close to the glass, where I could, to minimize reflections. For the former I set the camera to Handheld Night Shot format to get around the dim lighting. Outside, however, you’re rewarded with an explosion of colors. Here is today’s photo gallery/slide show of some of what you’ll see both inside and out at the Totem Heritage Center:


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