Our exhibits interpret Kodiak’s Russian era (1741-1867), the early American era (1867-1912) and the modern era (1912-present). The Kodiak Historical Society was formed by volunteers in 1954 to preserve and share Kodiak’s history. In 1967, the Baranov Museum opened in the Russian American Magazin, the oldest building in Alaska. The Kodiak Historical Society, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, operates the Baranov Museum in partnership with the City of Kodiak.


January 20

Applications Available for the 2017 Summer Film Intensive

Applications are now being taken for our 2017 summer Film Intensive. You may download the  Film Intensive Application 2017, or stop by the museum and get one.  This rigorous 2-week course, a collaboration between the Baranov Museum and AKTeach, will give middle and high school students the opportunity to create documentary films about how they and their . . . MORE [MORE]

March 29 @ 7:00 pm

STORIS – The Galloping Ghost of the Alaskan Coast

Wednesday, March 29th at 7:00pm the screening of Damon Stuebner’s film about the USCG Cutter Storis will be shown at the Kodiak Public Library. Presented by the Kodiak Historical Society and the Kodiak Maritime Museum, this 100-minute film has won several awards including, “Best of Alaska, 2016” and was an official selection in the 2015 . . . MORE [MORE]

March 30 @ 7:00 pm

History Speaks! The Alaska Purchase & Treaty of Cession

Join us on Seward’s Day to celebrate the sesquicentennial anniversary of the purchase of Alaska from Russia with Kodiak’s own Dr. Gary Stevens, former history professor at Kodiak College. Gary will explore and discuss the impact of the purchase, the initial military control of Alaska which really treated us as a colony once again and . . . MORE [MORE]