The Museum

The Talkeetna Historical Society’s museum, located in downtown Talkeetna, in the original Territory of Alaska Talkeetna School building,  opened in the 1936-37 school year.

The Talkeetna Historical Society Museum is dedicated to preserving our rural village by preserving Talkeetna’s past in its historical buildings and sites. Visit the museum where  knowlegdeable staff will greet you.  Here you can pick up a walking tour brochure, which will guide you around town and to a number of historic buildings.

Our museum exhibits introduce you to our ph-history2very personal history–native peoples, aviators, gold seekers, trappers–many ordinary people made a name for themself and are now an important part of Talkeetna’s past.
The museum’s other buildings–historic railroad buildings, circa 1920s, that were relocated here–offer  more historic photos and exhibition pieces from the old days. One of the Museum buildings holds the Mountain Exhibit, showing Denali (Mt. McKinley) and its surrounding peaks of the Alaska Range as a room-size model. The model is owned by the National Park Service and the museum houses it.  Here you can learn about the history of mountaineering.  Ask about lectures that are held in this building regularly throughout the summer.

MUSEUM HOURS

Winter: from mid September to mid May we are open on weekends only. Saturdays and Sundays 11 AM – 4 PM.  Or check with us to see availability. We have been known to open up for groups and events. The manager is known to keep odd hours in winter!

Summer: We are open every day May 7 thru September 19  from 10 AM to 6 PM. Yes, we are open Memorial Day, Labor Day, Fourth of July.

Admission:  $5 per person/$4 seniors & military.  Children age 10 and under are free. Members of the society are free.  In summer, members can park for free in our parking area (otherwise parking comes with the price of admission).

NOTE: The admission charge changes on Jan. 1, 2017 to $5 per person; children 10 and under free; historical society members free.

Interested in a guided tour?  No problem. Simply call the museum to set up a time: 907-733-2487. We generally ask for a 4 day advance notice. Town tours are $10 per person or $8 per, if the group size is over 10 people.

Our Museum Store

We have a number of books for sale as well as Alaska Railroad memorabilia, postcards maps and information on local authors.  We still sell a few historic Moose Dropping Festival items!

Summer Hours: 10:00 AM- 6:00 PM (generally mid-May to mid-Sept)
Winter Hours: Sat and Sunday 11 AM – 4 PM (Oct – April)