Alaska’s largest museum was opened in 1968 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Alaska purchase. Since then, it has expanded its permanent collection to about 25,000 historic objects, half a million photographs, and a library which undisputedly one of the richest sources of Alaskan heritage in the world.
The museums’ temporary exhibits underline Alaska’s remoteness from the world; they all seem to be about getting the people here to connect with the culture outside. However, the main attractions are still the permanent exhibits, which are:
- The Alaska Gallery: A thousand objects covering Alaska’s history and ethnology; including dioramas of Native American camps, gold mining camps, Russian settlers and statehood.
- The Art of The North: 7 galleries covering landscapes, works from early Alaskan expeditions, and including an entire gallery of Sydney Laurence works (a man who’d undeniably the greatest artist Alaska has ever produced).
And with 9000 sq feet and 80 exhibits, about 20 of which were made specifically for the Imaginarium, it’s safe to say that even Alaska’s got a thriving science centre. And what a centre it is! Located within the Anchorage Museum, but separate from it, the exhibits include:
- BP Kinetic Space: Energy, force and motion.
- Bubble Space: Surface tension, shape and light reflection.
- TOTE Kid Space: Safe and hands on art, history and science for younger than 5 years of age.
- Earth and Life Science: Geology, Geography and Zoology.
- The New Thomas Planetarium: It is a great 3D and surround sound theatre and shows movies about the solar system and astronomy in general.
It’s all so stylish, attractive, educational and interactive; you’ll love seeing your child’s wonder come alive in this space.
- Check out the museum shop.
- Underground parking is available for USD 1 an hour, and also for handicapped people.
- USD 15 is general admission; USD 12 for Alaskan Residents; USD 10 for seniors, students, and military with ID; USD 7 for 3-12 years old age; Free for below 2.
- Tickets for the Planetarium are sold separately (USD 4-USD 10).
- You may visit this museum anytime in between the above mentioned timings.
- Buses 8, 10, 13, 14, 15, 45, 102 stop 6th Avenue & C Street ESE.
- Buses 2, 3C, 3N, 7A, 7J, 9, 36, 60, 75 stop C Street & 7th Avenue SSW.
- Pizza Hut
- Restaurant at the Museum
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80.38% of people who visit Anchorage include Anchorage Museum At Rasmuson Center in their plan
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This museum is worth visiting whether you are from out of town or have lived in Alaska your whole life. Both parties will find stuff to appreciate here. All ages will love it. There is a robust kids activity center. My three year old daughter got to touch a lizard. I got to see some great art and learned more about the state I live in.
I generally don't care for museums, but this was really something special and well worth a visit. There's local history, there's amazing classical & modern art, there's a discovery area for kids (that's just as fun for adults). This museum was such a pleasant surprise - we spent hours there.
Absolutely loved my time at this museum. It is well organized and has an incredible amount of artifacts telling some great stories and teaching a lot of history.
We asked was there anything about the big 64 earthquake and was told no by the cashier. We then asked was there anywhere else around the town that has information and was told no. When looking in the gift shop I asked the girl in there the same questions. She told me they only have a small display but to go to the public lands info center. She was most helpful even looked up the address for us. Maybe she should be in customer service not the other girl.
What an amazing museum. A very thorough exhibits on the local native, with so many artifacts, videos and story telling. It blew me away the attention to detail and the depth of history. I also really enjoyed the artwork on the first floor, so many pieces to look at, modern and historic artists, amazing. I planned a couple of hours, but stayed for close to 4.