The Bishop's House was completed in 1842 and was the center of Russian Orthodox Church authority from California to Siberian Kamchatka, during a time when Imperial Russia was the dominant power in the North Pacific. Sitka, then known as New Archangel, was the Russian colonial capital. Today the Russian Bishop's House is one of four surviving examples of Russian colonial architecture in North America.
St. Peter's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church was built in 1899. One of the unusual features about St. Peter's is that the beautiful stained glass window over the front entrance has a Star of David in its center. At the time the church was built, getting a stained glass window to Sitka, Alaska was not an easy task. A window with Christian symbols was ordered from a supplier of church windows, but when it finally arrived there was a six pointed Star of David in its center. Given all the difficulty and delay that would have been required to replace it, the Star of David rose window was installed despite the mistake.
Sitka Fine Arts Camp on the former campus of Sheldon Jackson College provides Alaskan youth with the opportunity to develop artistic interests and skills in an intensive artistic experience through stimulating, high quality instruction in visual arts, music, dance, theater, writing, and Alaska Native Arts.
The Sheldon Jackson Museum contains objects from each of the Native groups in Alaska (Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian, Aleut, Alutiiq, Yup’ik, Inupiat and Athabascan) collected by its founder, Sheldon Jackson, between 1887 and 1898
The Sitka Sound Science Center is dedicated to increasing understanding and awareness of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems of the Gulf of Alaska through education and research. The center includes a hatchery and an aquarium.
E.W. Merrill was a legendary Sitka art photographer. He worked with Governor John G. Brady to install historic totem poles along the Totem trail In Sitka National Historical Park and served as the park's first official custodian from 1919-1922.
E.W. Merrill was a legendary Sitka art photographer. He worked with Governor John G. Brady to install historic totem poles along the Totem trail In SItka National Historical Park and served as the park's first official custodian from 1919-1922. The view from this spot is worthy of a Merrill photo.
Sitka National Historical Park preserves the site of a watershed battle between invading Russian traders and indigenous Kiks.ádi Tlingit. Walk the Totem Trail to see Tlingit and Haida totem in an Alaska Rainforest setting.
The Alaska Raptor Center is Alaska's foremost bald eagle hospital and educational center. Each year, the center provides medical treatment to 100-200 injured bald eagles and other birds. Most rescued birds are introduced back into the wild. Some of those that are injured so severely they could not survive in the wild join the Center's Raptors-in-Residence, providing excitement and education for thousands of visitors each year.