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!
$7 (Ages 3-12)
$10 concession, and $12 Alaska residents
Spark!Lab hours may vary to opening hours so check ahead
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!
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!
Downtown Anchorage Corner of C Street and 6th Avenue, across from the 5th Avenue Mall
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.
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!
Handicapped parking is available in the museum's underground garage.
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9am - 6pm daily summer. 10am - 6pm Tues - Sat / 12pm - 6pm Sun
Summer: May 1 - Sept 30. Winter rest of year.
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