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Anchorage Museum
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One of the largest museums in Alaska is also one of its best, telling the stories of Alaska Native cultures and displaying artworks from this stunning state. 

Discover the story of Alaska in the Anchorage Museum, one of the highlights of downtown Anchorage. The museum contains thousands of ethnographic, artistic and cultural artifacts that piece together the multifaceted history of the “Last Frontier.” Find the Rasmuson Center, an elegant glass building in the city center. Inside, discover the museum’s varied collections.

Browse the permanent exhibits, which include extensive information about Alaska’s Native cultures. Learn about the sheer diversity of communities that emerged throughout history in Alaska. Artifacts from the Smithsonian’s collections have been lent to the Anchorage Museum, placing them back in their original contexts. Marvel at a Tlingit war helmet from the late 19th century or use the touch screens to find out about other ethnographic artifacts.

The Alaska Gallery presents aspects of life in the 49th state through different themes, including displays on the issues that Alaskans face today. The museum also displays artwork inspired by and created within the state. Note the gallery will open in late 2017.

Come back to the Anchorage Museum throughout the year to visit its rotating exhibitions. Previous shows have featured multimedia presentations on the slower pace of life in Alaska and stories of Captain Cook traveling across the Northwest Passage.

The museum also offers the extra option to visit the Planetarium. Watch shows about the galaxy in 3-D, many of which are aimed at engaging younger audiences in space science. Ask at the museum ticket office to find out what is showing in the Planetarium when you visit.

Rest after exploring the museum while enjoying a delicious dinner in the on-site restaurant. The restaurant, along with the museum itself, runs a calendar of events including art workshops and talks on a variety of topics.

The Anchorage Museum is located in the Rasmuson Center in the heart of the downtown neighborhood. Walk here in 15 minutes from the Anchorage train station or drive and pay to use the on-site parking. Local bus services also stop outside the building. The museum is open daily throughout the summer and 6 days a week during winter months.

Top Hotels Close to Anchorage Museum

Inlet Tower Hotel And Suites
Inlet Tower Hotel And Suites
3 out of 5
1020 West 12th Avenue, Anchorage, AK
The price is $72 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22

Located in Downtown Anchorage, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Delaney Park, Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center, and Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. William ...

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Hotel Captain Cook
Hotel Captain Cook
4 out of 5
939 West 5th Avenue, Anchorage, AK
The price is $170 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23

Located in Downtown Anchorage, this historic hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Imaginarium - Science Discovery Center and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Port of Anchorage. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (998 reviews)

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Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa
Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
401 E 6th Avenue, Anchorage, AK
The price is $127 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24

Located in Downtown Anchorage, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Anchorage Museum, Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall, and Alaska Center for the Performing ...

4.3/5Excellent! (268 reviews)

"Staff was friendly. Everything was okay."…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa
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Reviews of Anchorage Museum

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Verified traveler

Aug 29, 2019

Get combo ticket with Alaska Native Heritage Center and shuttle bus between 2 museums. Could have spent all day at either museum

5/5 - Excellent

GEG

Aug 9, 2019

Have lots of time to spend at museum.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 11, 2019

Take The guided tour if you can. The gift shop has interesting things. If we had more time, we would have liked to have lunch there.

5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 13, 2019

A must see!

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Inlet Tower Hotel And Suites
Inlet Tower Hotel And Suites
3 out of 5
1020 West 12th Avenue, Anchorage, AK
The price is $72 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
Inlet Tower Hotel And Suites
Hotel Captain Cook
Hotel Captain Cook
4 out of 5
939 West 5th Avenue, Anchorage, AK
The price is $170 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
Hotel Captain Cook
Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa
Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
401 E 6th Avenue, Anchorage, AK
The price is $127 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa
Four Points by Sheraton Anchorage Downtown
Four Points by Sheraton Anchorage Downtown
3 out of 5
325 W 8th Ave, Anchorage, AK
The price is $79 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Four Points by Sheraton Anchorage Downtown
Extended Stay America - Anchorage - Downtown
Extended Stay America - Anchorage - Downtown
2.5 out of 5
108 E 8th Ave, Anchorage, AK
The price is $67 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8
Extended Stay America - Anchorage - Downtown
Embassy Suites Anchorage
Embassy Suites Anchorage
3.5 out of 5
600 East Benson Blvd, Anchorage, AK
The price is $143 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
Embassy Suites Anchorage
Anchorage Grand Hotel
Anchorage Grand Hotel
2.5 out of 5
505 W 2nd Ave, Anchorage, AK
The price is $99 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Anchorage Grand Hotel
Hilton Anchorage
Hilton Anchorage
3.5 out of 5
500 W 3rd Ave, Anchorage, AK
The price is $125 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Hilton Anchorage
Ramada by Wyndham Anchorage
Ramada by Wyndham Anchorage
2.5 out of 5
115 East 3rd Ave, Anchorage, AK
The price is $73 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Ramada by Wyndham Anchorage
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