The Alaska Native Heritage Center promotes, preserves and educates the public about all native Alaskan cultures through museum exhibits, classes and workshops, guided tours and various events such as film showings, and drumming and dance performances. The museum features many items on display including musical instruments, tools, watercraft, clothing, and works of art. Additionally, the center's grounds feature outdoor village sites which visitors can tour.
By the late 1980s it was apparent that a cultural center was needed to promote Alaskan native cultures. In 1987 the Alaska Federation of Natives unanimously approved the idea for such a place. However it took over ten years of fundraising to finally get the building constructed. The center finally opened in 1999.