Explore the Legends of Alaska's History at the Prince William Sound Museum
Come inside the Anchor Inn in downtown Whittier where a small but fascinating museum gives a glimpse of Whittier's incredible history.
The Whittier Museum Association was formed in 2003. Over the last 16 years, the museum has built up a presentation of 32 exhibits in a 1200 square foot space donated by the Shen family at the Anchor Inn. These exhibits tell the story of Whittier's history as a military port and rail terminal as well as reflections on Alaskan military heritage during World War II and the Cold War.
Adjudged to be one of the top 10 “must see” Alaskan museums by Alaska Magazine and “an outstanding museum experience”... Milepost Travel Guide.
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"An outstanding museum experience" - The Milepost
"One of the top 10 "must see" Alaskan museums" - Alaska Magazine
"A hidden gem" - Alaska Public Media
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Prince William Sound makes the news with exciting stories of aerial combat in Alaska. Click the links below and and read about incredible heroism in the face of attack!
Meet the Man Behind the Museum
Ted Spencer joined the Whittier Museum Association in 2003. His role to obtain the original funding for the new museum and his design of the exhibit program led him to complete the task of building the museum's program. He is considered to be the foremost expert in Alaskan Aviation History, including both military and bush pilot heritage. Tales of courage and adventure, expedition and extreme danger, men and women who braved brutal weather and the unforgiving wilds of Alaska - Ted has fought for years to bring the stories of our long forgotten hero's to the general public's purview. From early explorations using sailing ships and steamers, military campaigns in the Aleutians during World War II, the history of the Cold War to the adventures of early Arctic exploration of uncharted lands aboard primitive aircraft, ships and afoot - Ted Spencer can tell it like no other.
Ted is also the founder of the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum in Anchorage, AK - a pursuit that spanned twenty five years. He is a descendant of five generations of Alaskan pioneers and possesses a deep love of Alaska and its incredible heritage. His extensive knowledge of the history, countless one-on-one interactions with war veterans such as former president George HW Bush, bush pilots, and even astronauts such as Neil Armstrong,Ted has participated in all facets of modern day museum design and construction. From archival collection and program development, to war bird and pioneering aircraft retrieval from wilderness sites, including their restoration, Ted has done it all. Ted also possesses an extensive archive of priceless, rare artifacts, including one of a kind photographs and movie film that has never before been seen by the general public - from rifles found on the battlefield, the personal writings and letters of fallen soldiers, to the heavy wool jackets that were used on famous polar flights, the Prince William Sound Museum presents not only the stories from the past, but the actual objects that still carry the echos from those who used them.
If you have any questions regarding upcoming exhibits, or would like to donate or volunteer time or financing to our cause, free free to contact Ted Spencer directly via the link below. Be sure to check back frequently as new content is being delivered regularly.
View the Beauty of Prince William Sound from the Air
The Prince William Sound Museum has teamed up with Dreamscape Aerial Imaging in an exciting aerial project, profiling all of the beautiful wonders of the historic port town of Whittier, AK like you've never seen before. If you have ever thought about visiting Alaska, this video is a must see!