One of the top 10 most visited attractions in Alaska, the Anchorage Museum is aworld-class art, history and science museum. Its collections offer an overview of the Alaska’s rich history and an introduction to its varied culture. Displays delve into Alaska Native cultures, Russian occupation, the gold rush, the Exxon Valdez oil spill and more. It’s an ideal place to get oriented for your travels throughout the state.
In 2010, the museum finished a $106 million expansion project featuring several new, state-of-the-art attractions. One new gallery features 600 Alaska Native artifacts on long-term loan from the Smithsonian Institution. Artifacts include ceremonial masks, battle armor and waterproof clothing made from seal intestines. Visitors learn about these objects through iPhone-like touch screens.
A multigenerational, hands-on science center puts scientific concepts into anAlaskan context. The center features more than 80 exhibits including an aurora machine, a marine animal touch tank and an earthquake shake table. Other new features include a planetarium and an Alaska Native contemporary art gallery.
The museum also features Muse, a fine dining restaurant serving fresh Alaska fare, and a shop highlighting authentic Alaska Native art and jewelry.