The Northwest Arctic Heritage Center in Kotzebue, Alaska is at the site where the former NANA Museum of the Arctic (now closed) was once located. It serves as the visitor center for Kobuk Valley and Cape Krusenstern national parks which are operated by the National Park Services.
There are no park services located at these parks so a trip to the visitor center for local knowledge, history and advice is a smart idea before you venture in to these parks.
The Center offers insight in to local culture, natural wildlife and fauna along with more distant natural history of the region. The guides are very warm, friendly and welcoming and as with all NPS visitor centers, extremely knowledgeable and helpful.
The center is located close by to Kotzebue’s airport and is within walking distance, so if you find yourself with time to kill this is a fantastic little detour to take while waiting for your flight. It will take approximately one hour to tour the center. On Wednesday’s they screen films relating to local history and life and they hold regular craft workshops.
This visitor center and the surrounding parks are some of the quietest and least visited parks and preserves in the United States due to their sheer remoteness.
Admission to the Heritage Center and surrounding parks are free of charge.
The center is open from 9:00 until 18:30 Monday to Saturday and closed on Sundays from June to September. In October to May it is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 until 17:30 and closed on Saturday and Sunday.