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Anchorage Museum
Anchorage Museum

Anchorage Museum

9.245 reviews
Sights and Museums, Art Museum, History Museum
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  • 8.7
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625 C St, Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 929-9200
http://www.anchoragemuseum.org/
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The Anchorage Museum of History & Art, which is now called The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, is a museum located in downtown Anchorage in the U.S. state of Alaska. Beginning as a public/private ... Read more
partnership to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Alaska purchase, it opened in 1968 with an exhibition of 60 borrowed Alaska paintings and a collection of 2,500 historic and ethnographic objects loaned from the local historical society, and the museum has been enlarged several times since. The museum completed a $106 million addition and renovation project in May 2010.

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Local from Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Before starting your Alaskan tour, pay a visit to the Anchorage Museum, especially to the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center. The only Smithsonian Exhibit outside of Washington D.C. is located here, with 600 artifacts from 1893. Visitors can learn about objects through touch screen explanations. The artifacts are in extremely good condition. Here you’ll find the world's first high-tech quick-dry, thermo- and waterproof outdoor gears. The 'gut parka' made from seal guts was widely used by native men to keep them dry and warm when they went out kayaking or hunting. It’s an example of how Alaskans used every part of an animal and wasted nothing. Some of the body parts like the puffin's beak and seal's tail were used to decorate a chief's hat, mask, and cape. At the museum, you will also find a showcase of short videos of stories from the native people.

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Local from Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Outstanding Museum in Anchorage which you shouldn't miss. Exhibits focus on life in the north, Native Alaskan cultures, fine art, and much more. The planetarium is back open again.

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Local from Anchorage, Alaska

Take a look at some outstanding Native Alaskan exhibits and view great Alaskan artists both current and past. Exhibits change out frequently. The restaurant located in the Museum is excellent.

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Wasilla, Alaska

Through a combination of art and design, history, science,and culture the Anchorage Museum brings the best of Alaska to the world and the best of the world to Alaska for people of all ages. The Muse Restaurant offers fresh, handcrafted Alaska cuisine, in a vibrant downtown setting.

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Great place to not only visit, but to purchase local Alaskan art and get a great meal.

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We don't recommend spending time indoor while visiting Alaska, but if you must, the Anchorage Museum's Alaska Native heritage displays are a must-see.

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Local from Anchorage, Alaska

Getting a face lift! Will be nice once done. Check out Muse inside (restaurant).

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Austin

This is a must see in Anchorage! I spent about 3 hours here and that was not enough. Fantastic exhibits of Alaskan art, history, and culture. I plan on venturing back here.

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Savannah, Georgia, USA

Wow! Spent a couple of hours in the Smithsonian Native Arctic People and Arctic National Geographic photographer of Arctic animals. Time well spent. Museum is too dense in information to cover in one visit, but well organized and high quality .

I had never seen clothing made from an animals's intestine before: functional,waterproof and the ultimate in repurposing.

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Bellevue, Washington, USA

Probably the most invested-in venue in Anchorage introducing the masses of visitors to understanding the city and its history - it covers everything from native life to oil pipelines. World class facility.

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Anchorage Museum is a must-to-see place where you can get to know about Alaska natives' life and history. Kids love the place for its high tech display.

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Local from Anchorage, Alaska

This is a must for an Alaskan visit. Alaskan Native history, artifacts, and styles of living as well as early pioneer farming / trapping / fishing life-styles. Your kids will never want to leave the IMAGINARIUM now inside the museum. Great restaurant and gift shops. First Friday's of the month should have free evening hours!! A nice walk from here.

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Carlsbad, California, USA

This was a 2 hour stop on the way to Denali. Excellent. Their restaurant is also good

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San Luis Obispo
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If you're ever walked around downtown Anchorage, you know there's not a whole lot to do once you're eaten a reindeer hot dog and paid your disrespects to the Captain Cook Monument. This museum is one of my top two don't-miss sights in town (the other is the floatplane lake & bush pilots' museum), especially now that the Smithsonian has sponsored a new tribal history, arts and culture gallery with interactive multimedia exhibits. It's just too bad that the Alaska territory/state history galleries are less well-funded, as some of those displays look haphazard in comparison.

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Vancouver, British Columbia

The museum is fantastic. I had the chance to see the Bodies exhibit recently. The first nations exhibit is fantastic.

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Cave Creek, Arizona, USA

This museum has 6 galleries, but the best one displays local work and artifacts of Alaska. When in town, it's a must do.

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Fairbanks, Alaska

CULTURE OVERLOAD! Check it out!

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Wasilla, Alaska

A must see for the entire Family

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Local from Anchorage, Alaska

This is one of the top attractions in Anchorage.

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Wonderful exhibits, always something new!

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