On the rooftop of the world, the Iñupiat Heritage Center in Barrow, Alaska tells the story of the Iñupiat people. They thrived for thousands of years in one of the harshest climates on Earth, hunting the bowhead whale whom they call "Agviq." In the 19th century, these lonely seas swarmed with commercial whalemen from New England, who also sought the bowhead for its valuable baleen and blubber.
Hours + Fees
Inupiat Heritage Center
The Inupiat Heritage Center is open year around
Hours: 8:30 AM to 5:00PM Monday through Friday
Cultural Programs and Craft Sales from May 15 through September 15, 2000 on Saturday from noon - 1:30 PM. Free
On the third Wednesday of each month, we host science and cultural meetings from 6 - 9 PM. Topics include arctic science, Inuit issues, whaling and other arctic related topics. Free to the public.
On the weekends of February and March the IHC hosts whaling crew preparations such as skin sewing and building umiaqs.
P 0. Box 749 Barrow, Alaska 99723
Map + Directions
The Inupiat Heritage Center is located in Barrow, Alaska, the largest city in the North Slope Borough and the northernmost city in the United States. Barrow can be reached via commercial and charter flights from Anchorage and Fairbanks.