Stained glass art showing sandhill cranes.

Stained Glass Sandhill Cranes Soar

Family reaching out to sea otter scuplture

Get Close to a Sea Otter Sculpture

Bicycle racks that are also shorebird sculptures.

Whimsical Bike Racks -
Shorebird Sculptures

One Big Ocean exhibit.

One Big Ocean

Centennial Photo Exhibition
Centennial Photo Exhibition

Art & Exhibits


Take a virtual tour of the Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center!


From the whimsical wrought iron bicycle racks that greet you as you walk in from the parking lot to an overhead flock of Sandhill Cranes in stained glass to 7,000 hand sculpted seashore objects scattered in the lobby floor, the work of Alaskan artists will inspire you and help you learn about Alaska's islands and ocean in enterntaining new ways.

Islands of Life: A Photo Exhibit Celebrating A Century of Conserving Alaska's Wildlife and Wild Lands


An exhibit celebrating Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge's Centennial that became a reality due to the thousands of hours donated by professional photographers Mary Frische and Tom Collopy. Tom and Mary captured the beauty of the Refuge in photos, curated this show, and also volunteered to teach a digital photography workshop for local children in the Pribilof Islands.

Tom and Mary have spent the last ten years documenting the grandeur and biological diversity of the 49th state. They hope that their images of wildlife and scenic vistas will help others understand, appreciate and respect wild places. Their work has appeared in books and magazines and is sold in galleries throughout Alaska.

Other contributing photographers are Cornelius Nelo, Steve Hillebrand, Steve Ebbert, and John Eastcott/Yva Momatiuk


Family looking at the exhibits on seabirds and the Aleut people. Ceramic sculpture showing typical Kachemak Bay intertidal marine life.
Steller Sea Lion sculpture
Clockwise from left:
Enjoying our Exhibits, Ceramic Intertidal Life Sculpture, Steller Sea Lion Sculpture


One Big Ocean

It is one big ocean that ultimately links all life on earth. In this exhibit, visit the North Pacific globe to learn how essential a healthy ocean is to having healthy humans and wildlife.

Seabird Experience Theater

Immerse your senses in a natural phenomena that few people ever experience: the sights, sounds, and smells of life in a remote seabird colony in the heart of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, the largest seabird refuge in the world.

Bob "Sea Otter" Jones

See the boats that made life and work on the Refuge possible. A dory, like the one that Bob "Sea Otter" Jones used, is on display in the Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center entryway. It tells its story and serves as a representative of other dories that traveled the length of Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. from the late 1940's to the mid - 1970's, carrying forward the work of science in the Aleutian Chain before inflatable boats replaced them.

Where Rivers Meet the Sea

Discover the uniqueness of the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve and dive into the oceanic, nearshore and watershed research being conducted here.

Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge
Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge
National Oceanic and Atmostpheric Association logoAlaska Department of Fish and Game logo
Kachemak Bay Research Reserve
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