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    Musuems

    by grandmaR Written Dec 20, 2014

    There are two museums and a Wildlife Refuge Visitor's Center in Kodiak - they opened for the cruise ship people on Sunday when we were there, but we did not go to them. The two museums in Kodiak are the Baranov Museum and Alutiiq Museum.

    At the Kodiak Wildlife Visitor's Center which is at 402 Center Street you can learn more about Kodiak wildlife and ecosystems, or see the complete skeleton of a 36 foot Gray Whale
    Summer Hours: 9 am-5 pm Daily
    Winter Hours: Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday, 12 pm-5 pm; Wednesday 10 am-5 pm
    Refuge Visitor Center phone 907-487-2626
    http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Kodiak/visit/visitor_activities/visitor_center.html

    Baranov Museum is a history museum about Kodiak. According to their website (below), they have
    A comprehensive collection of 18th and 19th century Alutiiq and Aleut (Alaska Native) material culture includes items from daily life as well as ceremonial objects. The Museum cares for a 26-foot long, wood frame Alutiiq baidarka (kayak), covered in sea lion skin, constructed in the late 1800’s.

    A historical collection from the Russian and early American eras in Alaska includes tools, weapons, trade goods, textiles and household utensils. Outstanding among the Russian pieces are examples of seal-skin currency printed by the Russian American Company in the 1820’s, an iron bust of Tsar Alexander I brought to Alaska in 1804, and Russian Orthodox iconography.

    Alaskan art is well represented the collection (approximately 500 pieces), including oil paintings, watercolor, pen & ink, sculpture, scrimshaw, carvings, egg tempera iconography, and multimedia.

    Summer hours:
    10 - 4pm Monday - Saturday;

    Winter hours:
    10 - 3pm Tuesday - Sat.
    Special Opening on request

    Admission: $5.00 for adults,
    children 12 & under are FREE

    Alutiiq Museum has collections related to the culture and history of the Alutiiq people
    Address: 215 Mission Road #101, Kodiak, AK 99615
    Phone:(907) 486-7004

    Gallery Visiting Hours
    Tuesday - Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Saturday Noon - 4:00 pm
    Closed Sunday & Mondays

    Admission:
    Adults $7.00, Children 16 & under free

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    Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Cathedral

    by grandmaR Written Dec 20, 2014

    Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Cathedral was one of the primary sights in Kodiak which we saw on our tour of the town. It is the most recognized building in Kodiak. The current church building is the fourth and was built in the 1940s after a fire destroyed the previous church. The original church was built in in 1794. The building contains the holy relics of St. Herman - his holy reliquary, his monastic skufia and the iron cross he secretly bore upon his chest.

    We did not go in, as it was raining and it was also the time of a service at the church

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    Kodiak Bears

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Feb 25, 2013

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    Kodiak has its own unique subspecies of grizzly bear, the Kodiak bear. The bear is the only large mammal indigenous to the island and generally is non aggressive. However it's best to stay out of their way as it would not be a fair fight.

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    The Baranov Museum

    by mrclay2000 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Pronounced Bah-RON-ov by the locals and those in the know, the Baranov House or Museum is the best representation in town of Kodiak's non-Indian history. The house itself looks fairly modern, in part from extensive renovation after the 1964 earthquake and tsunami. Fortunately, the original house was spared demolition after this catastrophe, and remains the only log building in town still occupying its original site. The interior is well-preserved (or restored), and features a wonderful panorama of early Kodiak life and industries. Admission is $2 for non-members of the Historical Society.

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    Onion Domes over the Loam

    by mrclay2000 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Properly known as the Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church or Cathedral, this simple white construction with blue onion domes is the fourth building to occupy this site since the Russians built their first parish church here in the late 18th century. The present cathedral was completed just after World War II, and was restored after the tsunami in 1964. The interior follows a simple design, the altar being decorated with icons and other emblems of the church, as well as the tomb of St Herman, Kodiak's patron saint. Photography is not permitted inside, but visitors are welcome.

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    Mortal Remains

    by mrclay2000 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In the churchyard of the Russian Orthodox Church lie the graves of past Russian adherents to the diocese. Along with the fur trading and otter hunting, the Russians brought a religious culture that has thrived on Kodiak since 1794. While the tomb of St Herman inside the building contains relics of the saint's life, the mortal remains of other prominent churchmen lie outside on a quiet corner of the lawn.

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    Russian Orthodox Pastoral School

    by mrclay2000 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A little farther up the road from the Russian Orthodox Church stands the St Herman Orthodox Theological Seminary, centered by the wooden chapel with small onion domes. Built entirely of wood without a trace of paint, the chapel is a replica of the first Russian Orthodox church built in 1794 (since 1947 rebuilt on a larger scale down the street). St Herman's Seminary stands adjacent to the pastoral school's campus and student housing (for married and unmarried, Alaska natives and non-natives alike). Unlike the main church, photography is permitted inside the seminary.

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    Russian Iconography

    by mrclay2000 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Icons are an important symbol in the Russian Orthodox Church. The icons inside St Herman's Seminary are the works of master Russian iconographers (the most prominent among them residing in California), who occasionally make visits to the Alaskan dioceses. At present the chapel's interior is largely unembellished, having a simple altar where most of the icons are hung. Elsewhere inside, the wooden walls are only slightly better "proofed" than the exterior.

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    Russian Schoolmaster

    by mrclay2000 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Of the major works inside St Herman's Seminary (chapel), the highest icon is the face of Christ above the altar. Behind the podia is a large icon of Jesus and Mary, and in the lefthand corner of the stage is a large work of St Innocent (Russian name Ioann Veniaminov), who established and organized the first Russian Orthodox school in North America at Sitka in 1844. He probably stands next in importance to St Herman in the Kodiak diocese.

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    Sports Fishing

    by RickinDutch Updated Mar 24, 2009

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    Kodiak is well known for great sportfishing. You can get on a charter boat for the day for about $250 each and fish the local ocean waters or you can bring your own pole (or buy one locally) and fish the numerous rivers on Kodiak's road system.

    Some local favorite creeks are the Buskin River (very close to the airport) and the American River about 30 minutes south. King Salmon run from April to August, Sockeye (reds) in June and July, Pinks from July to September, and Dolly Varden almost year round.

    Nonresident fishing licenses run $20 for a day, $35 for 3 days, 7 days for $55.

    A favorite of mine is to fish ocean run king salmon on a day charter. In August of 08 I spent a half day on the FV Three Bears, a great experience. A larger boat with plenty of room and ammenities.

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    Visit the Coast Guard Base

    by RickinDutch Written Mar 22, 2009

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    Kodiak is home to the country's largest USCG Base, home to several cutters, a buoy tender and an aviation/search and rescue base. Over 5000 folks are based out of Kodiak USCG.

    I've been on the USCG base here in Kodiak many times times but I just called there to make sure nothing had changed (487-5555). At the gate they will direct you to the security office for a day pass. You do need a specific destination/purpose for going onto the base. If you were based here before and some time has passed, security will also help you find where you worked and lived back then, because you won't recognize much as it is always growing and changing.

    Just need a picture ID and vehicle registration/rental agreement. Good luck and have fun!

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    Drive out the road

    by RickinDutch Updated Aug 17, 2008

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    Kodiak has an amazing stretch of paved road heading south out of town for 40 miles. At the end of those very scenic forty miles you come to a T. A left turn takes you to Chiniak and a right takes you to Pasagshak and the rocket launch facility. Chiniak calls itself a town but there isn't anything you'd recognize as such. A post office and a school and a library. No stores but quite a few homes.

    It is a wonderful feeling of freedom to be able to hop in the car and go for a drive, especially after 18 years living on a much smaller island with a whole lot less road.

    All along the way are secluded beaches with spectacular vistas and miles of shoreline to beach comb. Lots of creeks and rivers with salmon. Bears. Sheep. Deer.

    We've made the drive several times now. Our favorites (so far) is Myrtle Beach just before your reach Chiniak, and Fossil Beach at the end of the Pasagshak road.

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    Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park

    by RickinDutch Updated Jul 10, 2008

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    We live about a mile from this beautiful park and it is a favorite walk of ours. The park is a huge, dense, grove of Sitka Spruce on the waters edge with many trails, Lake Gertrude, wildflower meadows, World War II bunkers and artillery pieces. We discover something new each time we go.

    Our favorite walk so far is the 2.5 mile trail around Lake Gertrude. The midway point has a few picnic benches right on the ocean. There are other picnicing areas around the lake.

    We have seen a few black tailed deer and signs of recent bear activity (a euphamism for bear poop). For being so close to town it is amazing how often we haven't seen another soul on the trail.

    There is a small number of campsites here, mainly designed for tent camping and smaller RVs. Larger RVs should try Buskin River close to the airport.

    There is a WWII museum inside a bunker but we are always there after it is closed.

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    The Alutiiq Museum

    by RickinDutch Written Jun 18, 2008

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    A newer building set on a hill two blocks from the ferry terminal, the Alutiiq Museum has an outstanding collection of pre- and post contact Alutiiq artifacts. As well as a museum it has an extensive archaelogical repository and is quickly becoming the center of preserving Alutiiq culture and language.

    This summer (2008) they have on display on good portion of Pinart's collection. A young French anthropologist who visited Kodiak and other parts of Alaska in the 1870's, he collected an amazing number of masks, boat models, bowls, spoons, etc and they have been well maintained at the Chateau Musee in Boulogne, France. To see them back home again is a moving experience.

    $5 admission.

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    Baranov Museum

    by RickinDutch Written Apr 18, 2008

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    The oldest Russian building in Alaska, The Baranov Museum sits on a slight rise overlooking the ferry terminal downtown. The ground floor is filled with artifacts from the Russian Era and before that. Took me a few hours to go through the exhibits quickly - plan on returning and spending the day there. A 3 man skin kayak from the 1800's hangs from the ceiling. Several rooms have been furnished as they were when this was the Erskin House, home of a Russian Fur Trader. Fascinating stuff.

    A small park surrounds the house with some benches to rest and look over the water from. We sat on what we thought was a log - turned out to be whale bones.

    Baranov Museum from behind Baranov Museum from front Whale bones in the park 100 MPH + winds took the sign down.

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