*Thanks to Anchorage Museum for admission and for featured photo (and others as indicated).
We spent a few hours of our day in Anchorage at the Anchorage Museum. The museum featured 5 stories of exhibits. Here are some quick facts about the museum:
- The Anchorage Museum is the largest museum in Alaska.
- It’s one of the top 10 most-visited attractions in the state.
- It began in 1968 with 60 borrowed Alaska paintings.
- I always enjoy museum gift shops, and there was a good one here. We were able to buy 10-cent postcards!
We began on the top floor and worked our way down. At the top, there were exhibits of modern art. Here’s an example:
This was part of the “View From Up Here” temporary exhibit. It was an interesting way to unwind after a day of air travel — but the kids were getting a little antsy. We continued heading down flights of stairs to the floor featuring the Alaska Gallery and the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center, and artifacts from many distinct Alaska Native cultures.
Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center
This was pretty interesting to us all.
For instance, this parka, circa 1923 — can you guess what it’s made of?
Seal intestines (with baby walrus fur along the bottom, dyed seal fur on the shoulders, and strips of seal skin around the hood).
Discovery Center for Kids
I knew that the museum had a children’s Discovery Center too, but since my kids are now teens, I wasn’t sure how much they would appreciate it. Turns out: a lot! This was a really neat area, with exhibits to interest the whole family — not just kids.
They all enjoyed exploring an “igloo,” complete with pillow “stones” inside.
“Riding” an ATV was a lot of fun as well …
… and who doesn’t enjoy a good simulated volcanic eruption?
In the hoist chair, we learned that pulling your own weight isn’t so hard when you have levers and pulleys to help.
Making giant bubbles was fun too …
… as was watching an artist create a mural in real time (I loved the way he often stopped his work and stepped back to the wall behind him to see how it looked from that distance).
The museum features a planetarium as well, which we didn’t get around to visiting.
By the time we got through all the exhibits, I was having to hurry everyone along so we could stay on schedule. We thoroughly enjoyed the Anchorage Museum, and you could easily spend a half day here with all the exhibits. There was truly something for everyone!
Have you ever visited the Anchorage Museum?
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