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Anchorage Museum, Anchorage

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#1 of 60 in Museums in Alaska
Anchorage Museum features collections from Alaska and the circumpolar North, with focus on history, art, and ethnography. You will see over 1,000 objects from Alaska, including clothes, pots, masks, weapons, and jewelry. Look for dioramas of different sizes--from miniature to full-scale--presenting early lifestyles, architecture, and objects of Alaska's native people, as well as their cultural changes over time. You'll also see paintings of Alaska, historic drawings, and some contemporary art. Children can visit the Imaginarium to learn about volcanoes and the aurora borealis, to create earthquakes, to play with gravity, and more. The onsite restaurant offers meals with an Alaskan flair, such as beer battered Alaskan halibut. Plan your Anchorage Museum visit and explore what else you can see and do in Anchorage using our Anchorage trip itinerary planner.
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  • A good place to learn about the history of the tribes of Alaska. A fine form of displays. Beautiful paintings A place for learning relaxing and feeling good  more »
  • It was a pretty nice museum, but a little sporadic without a firm specialization. I went for the Alaskan art, which was good, but even within that, it lacked a focus that most museum special collectio...  more »
  • I went there for a child's birthday and fell in LOVE with this place! The Native display of the different tribes/groups was INCREDIBLE!! LOVED the Native art especially! The kids LOVED the kids sectio...  more »
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  • Fun place for the kids, we parents enjoyed our visit also. The Planetarium has a wide variety of shows that change from week to week. The Spark lab has tons if hands on experiments and projects for the kids and the Discovery center has a volcano simulator and pressure cannon, among other things, there's a bubble lab, and they always have different labs with things from live baby turtles the kids can touch to teamwork building exercises. Eclectic to spend around 2-3 hours here, unless you visit the Planetarium, and around 45 mins. They also have free days several times throughout the year.
  • A new look and many new exhibits! The Anchorage Museum is a great place to spend the afternoon. Parking is either street or a distant parking garage. There is a large outdoor area with grass, trees, and benches. A bus stop is also right next to the outdoor area. Inside the Anchorage Museum is a gift shop and a restaurant for small plates and drinks. Each level has something interesting, but remember there are no drinks allowed in much of the museum. There are two elevators, but the largest of them will access all floors. The largest elevator is also the slowest, so have a seat while you wait. The Anchorage Museum also has music events throughout the year.
  • Best thing I saw downtown. Loved the russia exhibit. A lot of the space was closed for renovations summer 2017. I wish the ticket had been discounted. Don't get tricked paying for their parking. Cheaper is only 2 blocks away
  • The museum itself was great. Very good value and had exhibits that focused mainly early state history, Russia, and the Native Americans that live here. The cafe left to be desired, I tried to eat there, but after waiting 10 minutes for a someone just to arrive and give me the menu/water he never stopped by, I left. There was only two other groups in the cafe.
  • Enjoyable. Too much to go through in a day. I'd recommend the Native Heritage Museum over the exhibit on native culture here. Lots of artwork. I did enjoy the I am Inuit exhibit.

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Anchorage hotels increase room rates during the height of the tourist season, but you can visit the area economically any time of year by choosing a budget-friendly bed and breakfast or small inn. The city's downtown area contains the priciest rooms; most are offered by chain hotels. You can find less expensive rooms at a cluster of hotels located in Midtown, a largely commercial neighborhood with a good selection of restaurants and shops.
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