This museum, run by the Alaska State Museum, preserves an extraordinary collection of 5,000 Alaska Native artifacts gathered from 1888 to 1898, including the battle helmet worn by Katlian at the Battle of Sitka. It’s amazing to see how much is here and how fresh it looks. The collector, Jackson, was a Presbyterian missionary who was given paternalistic care of Alaska Natives by the federal government. The museum shop is a good place to find authentic Native art. Throughout the summer, a rotating lineup of Natives artisans sit in the exhibit hall and work on carvings, basketry, beadwork, and textiles not unlike the ancient artifacts on display.