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Talkeetna Historical Society Museum

Alaska Talkeetna

Alaska Talkeetna

 

Talkeetna Historical Society Museum (one block off of Main Street across from the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar, Talkeetna) — Learn about this rural town’s native, gold mining, and aviation history in this museum housed in a little red school house, as well as a number of smaller, old railroad buildings. You’ll find out about ice roads and horses wearing snow shoes, how airplanes took over from tractors, as well as information about bear traps, native artifacts, and how folks survived the harsh winters of the Susitna Valley. Also, see some of the original trappers’ cabins, or get absorbed in their history—there’s even a collection of photos and newspaper clippings.

The museum also features a room-sized sculpted model of Denali (Mt McKinley), built to scale by Rauda Scale Models of Seattle in 1969. You may even bump into a team of climbers preparing for their ascent up Denali as they examine their route on a model. There are photos on the wall showing what each face of the mountain looks like, and you can enjoy a once daily talk given by interpretive rangers. Admission: $5 general; $4 seniors & military; free for children 10 & under. Hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm daily (Summer); 11:00 am – 4:00 pm (Winter) Saturdays & Sundays only. More details at: www.talkeetnahistoricalsociety.org