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Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center

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.


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