Plan Your Visit
Visit Tlákw.aan to learn about our history and let us share a bit of our culture with you!
Open May through September
Monday-Friday: 10AM-4PM - Saturday: 12PM-3PM - Sunday: Closed*
*Closed Labor Day & the 4th of July
Located just past 21 mile, on the Haines Highway
Address: 9 Chilkat Ave, Klukwan, Alaska (map it) 907-767-5485
The Whale House Collection is one of the most highly acclaimed collections of Pacific Northwest Coast art in existence.
For the first time, these beautiful works are open to the public in the newly built Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center in Klukwan. In addition to the famous Whale House posts and Rain Screen, the heritage center includes exhibits on Chilkat weaving, our contemporary way of life, our traditional history and territory.
Klukwan [Tlákw.aan] is a vibrant Southeast Alaska Native village with a rich, cultural history. The people here still maintain their traditional subsistence lifestyle and are eager to share their stories with you.
The Heritage Center addresses the pressing issue of where to house precious clan treasures where they are safe and well-cared for. The center supports the community’s desire to revitalize and perpetuate their culture.
The clan treasures housed within the Heritage Center are great attractions to visitors, but their greatest significance is found within the context of this ancient village where the people still look to these works as treasured crest figures and visual reminders of their history.
Visit Tlákw.aan to learn about our history and let us share a bit of our culture with you
The Chilkat women did not invent the art of Chilkat Weaving, it actually came from the Tsimshian people, but there were so many gifted weavers in Klukwan during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s that the art form became known as Chilkat Weaving. The art form was nearly lost when Jennie Thlunaut, the last of Klukwan’s master weavers from her generation died in the mid 1980’s. Fortunately a group of local women have taken up the craft and are continuing the legacy. See the Weavers Corner in the Heritage Center building to learn the history and see examples.