The Museum of the Aleutians conserves and presents over 500,000 objects, images and manuscripts that are irreplaceable reflections of the social history and material culture of the Aleutian Islands Region. Currently, the digital on-line collection -- sponsored by the Alaska Humanities Forum grant -- is made up of 6 photography galleries (Unalaska, Lost Villages, Ship & Boats, and World War II photographs). To facilitate research , the Museum of the Aleutians is also actively working on placing its collection on the Alaska's Digital Archives online catalog.
The Museum of the Aleutians actively enriches its collections through donations of objects, photographs and documents, illustrating life in the Aleutians islands Region.
Collections and Online Resources
Ethnology and Archaeology
Artifacts and documents that illustrate the history and art of the Unangan people.
Photographs and postcards, taken in the late 19th and 20th centuries. more
Painting, prints, and drawings that reflect modern and past life in the Aleutians.
This program is designed for educators to be able to bring artifacts from the Teaching Collection into their classrooms, either by teacher check out, or having a guest speaker from the Museum bring in artifacts in a special treasure chest and giving in-classroom presentations. more
Physical access to the Collections
Access to the Museum of the Aleutians collections is integral to the Museum’s mission but limited to legitimate research and educational purposes. A formal request needs to be submitted to the Collections Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) at least two weeks prior to the expected visit.
The staff will consider the condition of the collection, the availability of staff time and research space and the concerns of any interested parties in assessing each request.
In certain circumstances there will be a restriction placed on access to information. This may relate to the location of archaeological sites or the name of a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. There are also many different organizations represented in the museum’s collections and facilities (the Quawalangin tribe, Ounalashka Corporation, the city, private individuals). All restrictions should be honored as they are central to the museum’s code of ethics. If in doubt about possible restrictions, refer to the Museum Director or the Collections Manager.