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Alaska State Council on the Arts

Generous Sponsor of
Museum Operations



Our Philosophy

The Alutiiq Museum works to celebrate heritage through living culture.

Native peoples need a place to share, preserve, and perpetuate their cultures, where their unique voices can be heard.  Our educational programs tell the Alutiiq story to assist Alutiiqs in knowing their ancestral culture, examining their history, and expressing their identities. We combine Alutiiq and Western ways of teaching to create programs that do more than deliver information–they invite exploration and celebration.

We also believe that accurate knowledge of the past is essential to the health of modern communities. History is a resource that can help people confront difficult issues, engage in discussion, and consider many perspectives. Our educational programs work to provide an honest exploration of the past and the forces that have shaped today’s Alutiiq culture, and they are open to everyone. We are committed to providing experiences that exceed expectations and creating respect and enthusiasm for Alutiiq culture among people of all heritages.

To learn more about our educational programs please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 907-486-7004, browse the Educational Resources pages of our website, or down load our Educational Programs Brochure.


The Alutiiq Museum welcomes educational groups of all ages.  Groups can tour our gallery, participate in a self-led activities, or schedule an activity with a staff member. If your group has a special interest or would like to visit our laboratory or collections room, please contact us to make additional arrangements.

Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 907-486-7004. School groups should plan to bring one adult for every 5 students.  Quyanaa - Thank you. Children 16 and under always visit the Alutiiq Museum for free.
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Sharing Heritage in Rural Schools

Every year travel to Kodiak's rural communities to explore Alutiiq artistic traditions. Artists accompany staff members to work with students, who complete their own projects with inspiration from ancestral designs and modern experience. The program debuted in 2001 with lessons on grass basket weaving and has continued with lessons in wood carving, fish skin sewing, steam bending, kayak building, antler working, and construction of a caribou skin parka. This project is a partnership with the in partnership with the Kodiak School District.