The Anchorage Museum focuses on Alaskan history with a combined emphasis on art, history, culture and science. It began in 1968 as a partnership between public and private interests, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Alaska’s purchase from Russia. Its original collection was entirely borrowed, consisting of 60 Alaska paintings and over 2,000 historic artifacts belonging to the local historical society. Over the years, with the acquisition of grants and not a small amount of funding from oil revenues, the Museum grew to its present size and scope.
The permanent collection of the museum now includes over 25,000 objects, as well as over 500,000 historical photographs; these are divided between the museum’s four permanent exhibitions, which include the Alaska History Gallery, the Art of the North galleries, the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center, and the hands-on Imaginarium Discovery Center. Additionally, the AMHA features more than 20 visiting exhibitions annually. Visitors follow Alaska from prehistory to the present, focusing on the history of human habitation, both Western and aboriginal. Tours are offered regularly through the summer season, and the AMHA features a new planetarium as well as Muse, the Museum’s new in-house eatery.
Anchorage Museum Information
- Public Transportation: Very Good (Buses 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 36, 45, 60, 75, and 102 are all within a short walk of the museum)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Winter Hours (Sept. 14-May 8): Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday, noon–6 p.m.; closed Monday
- Summer Hours (May 1 -Sept. 30): 9 a.m.–6 p.m. daily.
- Admission: Adults, $12; Senior/Military/Student, $9; Ages 3-17, $7; 2-under, free ($2 suggested donation)
- Tours: Tours are offered daily during the summer season, and are included in the price of admission. There are two tours available: ’10,000 Years of Alaskan History’ and ‘Art of the North’
- Membership: Basic individual membership is $60; Family membership is $90. Membership discounts are available to students, military, and seniors, and higher tiers are available. Basic membership benefits include unlimited admission, newsletter subscription, and discounts to the museum shop and restaurant.