Baranov Musem

Photo by Pancho Valladolid

Check out the oldest building in Alaska and learn about the history of one of Alaska’s most special places, Kodiak Island. The building―today, a National Historical Landmark―was constructed around 1810 as a storage facility for the Russian American Company. Now it houses the Baranov Museum, which focuses on Kodiak’s history, including its time as the capital of Russian Alaska, its later role as Fort Kodiak under American rule and the natural and cultural history of Kodiak.

Temporary exhibits shed light on special topics, such as the role the indigenous Sami people of Scandinavia and northern Russia played in teaching indigenous Alaskans about breeding and herding caribou.

If you’re still hungry for more, you can talk to one of the museum’s knowledgeable docents who will be happy to tell you about the history of Kodiak. And, before leaving, check out the museum gift shop, which features locally made crafts and other one-of-a-kind items.

As the front page of the museum’s website states, everyone in Kodiak is a storyteller, and where better to learn Kodiak’s story than at the Baranov Museum? To find out more, go to For more things to do in Kodiak, go to