Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, 625 C St., has exhibits focusing on the art, history and cultures of Alaska. The Alaska Gallery includes objects dating from prehistoric times through European exploration, Russian settlement, the gold rush era, World War II and statehood. Full-scale dioramas of an Athabascan tent; Yupik Eskimo, Tlingit and Aleut houses; a gold miner's cabin; an early Anchorage house; and Quonset huts (in use during World War II) provide insight to early Alaskan life. The state-of-the-art Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center has multimedia exhibits and displays more than 600 Alaska Native artifacts.
In addition, a display about the Alaska Pipeline features a sample of the 4-foot-tall pipe. “Art of the North” explores life in the Arctic through multiple perspectives and visual narratives. The interactive Discovery Center offers exhibits that explore nature, science and technology, including a marine wildlife area, reptile exhibits and a bubble lab. Other highlights include the Thomas Planetarium and traveling exhibitions.
Note: The Alaska Gallery is closed for renovations from August 2016 to September 2017; the rest of the museum will remain open.
Food is available. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.