Understanding the Significance of Totem Poles
As you walk around Ketchikan, you'll notice a number of totem poles proudly displayed. Some are modern creations; others, restored totem poles that have greater historical significance. Visiting the Totem Heritage Center is a great way to learn about the history, culture, and restoration process that goes into these.
The museum has three main rooms, all of which can be seen in under an hour. A visit gives you a good insight to the totems and shows you what historical totem poles look like before the bright colors are re-painted. I'd recommend a visit on a rainy day or even on a nice day, especially if you're heading to an area such as Totem Bight Park or Saxman Native Village.