Be sure to visit the Pratt Museum(3779 Bartlett St., 907/235-8635, www.prattmuseum.org, daily 10 a.m.–6 p.m. mid-May–mid-Sept., Tues.–Sun. noon–5 p.m. mid-Sept.–Dec. and Feb.–mid-May, closed Jan.), just up from Pioneer Avenue. This is one of the finest small museums in Alaska, with interesting historical and cultural pieces, artwork, and wildlife displays.
The beaked whale skeleton extends nearly the length of one room; follow the story of how it was shot and washed up onto a Homer beach, then was taken apart and put back together piece by piece.
A gift shop sells Alaskan-made crafts, and you can control the museum’s webcams of McNeil River bears and Gull Island (also broadcast live on the Web). Watch them feed the sea critters Tuesdays and Fridays at 4 p.m. Entrance costs $8 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 6–18, free for younger children, and families are $25.
© Don Pitcher from Moon Alaska, 10th Edition