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Anchorage Museum
625 C Street
Anchorage
AK
99501
Tel: 907 929 9200

Directions

Downtown Anchorage Corner of C Street and 6th Avenue, across from the 5th Avenue Mall

Where are we going today?

Did you know that the Anchorage Museum is one of the top 10 most visited attractions in the entire state of Alaska? That's pretty impressive! So, why not visit and see what all the fuss is about?

It's also the LARGEST museum in Alaska - need we say more!

The Anchorage Museum is a world-class history, science, and art museum. It's a hands-on science center that allows you to see scientific concepts with an Alaskan context, so kids will still have a local-based experience too! It really tells the story of the north.

Kids can learn all about social elements, cultures, politics, and of course, science and history.

There are more than 80 exhibits in the Anchorage Museum, and each one can teach the kids something new.

Some of the exhibits include an aurora machine, where they can re-create those famous Northern Lights, as well as a marine touch tank where LIVE marine animals are waiting to be explored!

The museum also has a planetarium, and what an amazing place to be exploring that incredible night sky!

If you have little ones in the family, there is the TOTE Kidspace, which is designed JUST for those under 5s, so they can have their own learning experience perfect for them. 

Another 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 which the kids just love!

The Anchorage Museum's permanent collection offers 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.

Sounds pretty cool to us - so let's get learning!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$15
  • Children$7 (Ages 3-12)
  • Free Under: 2 years.
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

9am - 6pm daily summer. 10am - 6pm Tues - Sat / 12pm - 6pm Sun

Summer: May 1 - Sept 30. Winter rest of year.

Teachers corner

Through a rich set of educational programs for children, adults and educators, the museum inspires people to gather, engage their senses and exchange ideas. Regular programming includes lectures, demonstrations, performances and classes..

I'm Hungry!

The museum features Muse, a restaurant serving fresh Alaska fare and offering a children's menu..

Healthy Eating!

The museum atrium includes a snack bar with healthy sandwiches, fruit, milk and juice, and granola bars - yum!.

Any Top Tips?

Keep an eye out for fun events across the year, such as holiday fun, crafts, and more. It's an extra level of fun for the kids!.

Need a little extra help?

Handicapped parking is available in the museum's underground garage. .

Can I get one of those?

The museum houses a shop highlighting authentic Alaska Native art and jewelry, Alaska-related books and a kids section with Smithsonian science kits, educational toys, stuffed animals and books. You might just want to bring that pocket money!.

More information

Spark!Lab hours may vary to opening hours so check ahead.

What people are saying?

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    OH Wow this place was a dump. First you get robbed with parking without the museum validating your ticket, that's 18 bucks right there. Then the people working there are ultra rude college students who think there too good to work at a museum. Finally the museum doesn't know what it wants to be its a science kid zone, historic, space, native, climate change, earthquake, aquarium and whatever else we threw in here museum. My head was spinning at the end of the whole thing. First lets start at the ground floor where there is a lot of open space with...Read More

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    As a travel agent:
    You are always told "Do not touch it" IF you break it -you pay for it. Well at this Center you are encouraged to
    Touch it. That's right...a museum that allows you to play! Make a giant bubble or feel a tornado.Of course I was in the bubble!
    The children of Anchorage hang art throughout the walls of this giant museum. I was fascinated and couldn't believe that children under 12 years old could be so talented. They drew art representing their heritage of Native Americans and it was displayed with pride.
    The museum holds boasting...Read More

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    Good mix of culture, history, kids stuff. Don't miss out the 3rd floor Smithsonian arctic studies center

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    Fun and interesting, but not a whole lot to see or do

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    GOOGLE IS WRONG AGAIN! The Museum doesn't open until NOON on SUNDAY!

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by odd pedestrian

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OH Wow this place was a dump. First you get robbed with parking without the museum validating your ticket, that's 18 bucks right there. Then the people working there are ultra rude college students who think there too good to work at a museum. Finally the museum doesn't know what it wants to be its a science kid zone, historic, space, native, climate change, earthquake, aquarium and whatever else we threw in here museum. My head was spinning at the end of the whole thing. First lets start at the ground floor where there is a lot of open space with very little to see other than a few antique paintings of mountains. Hardly anyone is around until you turn a corner and BAM!! your in the hottest club north of the states, the physical playground "science" section. This thing is banging with kids and adults alike playing with oversized bubbles and slow motion visuals. As you scramble to get past the crowd you find the museum planetarium for your IMAX show. You happily walk in to find a theater with no more than 15 seats and a globe screen that's probably smaller than my Samsung HD at the house. We ended up watching a movie about bears that hardly had bears in it, the sound quality was awful and out of sync with the video, I mean who runs this place!!! You leave the theater and head to a makeshift auditorium where you can relax and have a coffee, this area wasn't bad but was way too big for people having a brunch, just took up more museum space than needed. You head upstairs to find the section that covers Alaska history with some earthquake stuff thrown in there to confuse you. This area had me confused the most, Alaskan Natives are not extinct and I feel there is a lot more that can be done to show off there rich history and culture. When I was in Seattle some local natives had a block of wood with pictures from some of their ancient religious gods. You picked out which one you wanted and they would carve it out right there in front of you, it took over an hour but the experience was AMAZING. You finally head to the third floor where they talk about plastics and pollution and how it effects the local habitat. A lot of the stuff was artist sculptures and models from trash recovered from the ocean. The top floor was an open bay with 2 paintings. Finally we head out to the gift shop, no native Alaskan stuff to buy here just books and expensive northern lights pictures. Man this place needs a lot of work, send the college kids to fast food restaurants and hire more natives that care about people learning about their history. The third floor garbage scene needs to be redone altogether, I like the intent, it just wasn't implemented properly. You know what just save your money and skip this jack of all trades master of none museum.

by CorreyHope Kustin

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As a travel agent:
You are always told "Do not touch it" IF you break it -you pay for it. Well at this Center you are encouraged to
Touch it. That's right...a museum that allows you to play! Make a giant bubble or feel a tornado.Of course I was in the bubble!
The children of Anchorage hang art throughout the walls of this giant museum. I was fascinated and couldn't believe that children under 12 years old could be so talented. They drew art representing their heritage of Native Americans and it was displayed with pride.
The museum holds boasting rights for their displays in the huge glass walls, which contain the periods of history for the Eskimos and expansion of Russian invasion. I was in awe how modern everything is and all the encouragement to touch and play to learn set up. Come learn about whaling, the gold rush, and how AK became a state.
There are classes, summer camps and group activities for all ages. If you visit ANC, I highly recommend a visit here.

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