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The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive

217 Egan Dr, P. O. Box 8, Valdez, AK 99686-0008
+1 907-835-2764
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Nice museum for a small town

We learned about the oil spill and the gold mining. It was a nice and informative museum and the... read more

Reviewed 8 December 2017
Shelly D
Earthquake video with first person interviews

The Valdez Museum is a don't miss. They have wonderful displays of native people's clothing and... read more

Reviewed 13 November 2017
Dianna M
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The Valdez Museum preserves and presents the heritage and culture of Valdez, the Copper River Basin, and Prince William Sound.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good37%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“gold rush” (13 reviews)
“oil spill” (39 reviews)
“local history” (9 reviews)
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217 Egan Dr, P. O. Box 8, Valdez, AK 99686-0008
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Reviewed 8 December 2017

We learned about the oil spill and the gold mining. It was a nice and informative museum and the staff was very friendly. I liked the old bar area where you put in cards to answer questionnaire. We wished there was a little bit more...More

Thank Shelly D
Reviewed 13 November 2017

The Valdez Museum is a don't miss. They have wonderful displays of native people's clothing and implements along with vignettes of early settlers housing and interiors. The most eye catching item is the prism light from a lighthouse (sorry, I can't remember the specifics).

Thank Dianna M
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

The museum has a lot of history about alaska, the oil spill, the native alaskan, etc. i wish I had more time. One observation I had was, the men's restroom has sigh telling people to leave the faucet open November to May. Wow, the winter...More

Thank Frank D
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

One could spend days watching all the videos and studying all the exhibits. The exhibits include the early years, the Good Friday Earthquake, and the Exon Valdez disaster among numerous other subjects. All are expertly presented and will educate the young and the old.

Thank knittinggrandma
Reviewed 13 September 2017

Although it's not a huge museum, I would definitely recommend visiting the Valdez Museum if in the area. It goes over the history of Valdez thru the 1964 earthquake and up thru the Exxon Valdez.

Thank skyhawk352
Reviewed 10 September 2017

This museum has sooooo many displays about both Valdez and Alaska as a whole. This is a must visit destination in Valdez and Alaska. We preferred this museum to the one in Anchorage, it is in a different class in our opinion and better value...More

Thank HonestCountryCouple
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Some of the historical items there are fantastic. They also have a good selection of local native items. We did not have much time, but it was worth the admission!

Thank Chad L
Reviewed 10 August 2017

The museum has a lot of local history that you would not find out about other then to visit the museum. Very well laid out, but I wish they had more on the Exxon Valdez incident. Seems Alaska wants to forget about the incident which...More

Thank 46JimH46
Reviewed 2 August 2017

The museum is very nice and is full of local and Alaskan historical artifacts. There are items from the earliest days of Alaska, the great earthquake of 1964, daily Alaskan living, and many other things. If you want to learn anything about the Valdez region...More

Thank rbrownintn
Reviewed 23 July 2017

Museum was well appointed, lots of historical content. Well displayed..a worthwhile visit. It is located near th ferry dock, easy access.

Thank richard l
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