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Anchorage Museum Revises Summer Schedule

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New admission rates, summer hours effective May 1

The Anchorage Museum’s general admission rates are changing effective May 1. New admission rates are $15 adults; $12 Alaska resident adults; $10 seniors, students, military; and $7 children age 3 to 12. The museum’s summer hours also begin May 1. The museum will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Sept. 30.

Anchorage Museum collaborates on traveling exhibition

On May 25, a traveling exhibition of Alaska Native contemporary art curated by the Anchorage Museum will debut at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles. “This is not a Silent Movie” features the work of Alaska Native artists who comment on the struggles of Northern life and who examine what it means to be Alaska Native today. After “This is not a Silent Movie” closes in Los Angeles in September, the exhibition travels to the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, and the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at the University of Montana, Missoula.

MAY EVENTS

Imaginarium Science Demonstration

4 p.m. daily

Watch fizzy, foamy science experiments, pet reptiles, stargaze in the planetarium and more during live science demonstrations. Different demonstrations offered each day. Included with admission

Smithsonian Spotlight

Discovering Our Native Voice

7 p.m. Thursday, May 2

Shyanne Beatty (Hän/Gwich’in Athabascan) of Native Voice One discusses Native radio. She explains why Native voices should report on issues affecting indigenous peoples, and how radio can preserve and perpetuate indigenous cultures and languages. Free

Art on the Green

1 to 3 p.m. Friday, May 3

Add some fresh air to your art. Venture outdoors for the museum’s newest art event. Express yourself creatively through different activities each month, and informally engage with local artists. This event is held outdoors, weather permitting. Limited to 25 participants; first-come, first-served. Free

First Friday

6 to 9 p.m. May 3

Meet the artists behind current exhibitions including photographer Clark James Mishler and several artists from the Alaska Native contemporary exhibition “Re/Marks.” Enjoy free admission to the galleries and live music by Melissa Bledsoe Fischer in Muse. Free

Teen Studio

Clark James Mishler

6:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 3

Teens can hang out with Anchorage photographer Clark James Mishler, who offers a behind-the-scenes look at his portrait exhibition and some lighting tips for photographing people (including self-portraits). Free

Photography Lighting Demonstration

7 p.m. Friday, May 3

Photographer Clark James Mishler shares his lighting techniques and equipment tips for capturing portraits on location. Bring your camera for hands-on practice. Free

Artist on the Floor

Re/Marks

8 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 3

Ever see an exhibition and wish you could talk to the artist about it? Here’s your chance to mingle with some of the artists featured in the Alaska Native contemporary art exhibition “Re/Marks.” Free

Wells Fargo Free Day

Asian-Pacific Heritage Month

2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 12

Celebrate Anchorage’s Asian-Pacific cultures through music, dance, games and hands-on activities. Learn Filipino dance steps from the Karilagan Folkloric Group and watch Leo Hmong Ocean Dance Group perform. Play Chinese tangrams (puzzles), make a chalk rangoli (Indian design) or create Japanese temari (colorful fabric folk art). Toddlers can create a sarimanok (mythical Filipino bird). Free

Smithsonian Curator’s Tour

Noon Friday, May 17

Join Smithsonian anthropologist Aron Crowell for a curator’s tour of the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center. Gain a better understanding of Alaska’s nine indigenous cultures through 600 Alaska Native artifacts. Learn about traditional lifeways in Alaska’s diverse regions through clothing, tools, ceremonial objects and more. Curator tours are offered the third Friday of every month. Included with admission

Play Date

10:30 a.m. Friday, May 17

Treat toddlers to educational and fun child’s play through guided activities. During May’s play date children learn to sort and group items by texture, color, shape and size. Included with admission

Outdoor Explore

2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18

Get your hands dirty while helping plant the museum’s garden. Patrick Ryan from Alaska Botanical Garden teaches budding gardeners planting techniques and how to identify and care for local flora. Wear gardening clothes: This event includes hands-on planting and is held outdoors, rain or shine. Free

Book Signing

The Seventymile Kid

7 p.m. Monday, May 20

Alaska author Tom Walker discusses his latest book “The Seventymile Kid.” It’s the remarkable account of Harry Karstens, who was the actual — if unheralded — leader of the 1913 Hudson Stuck Expedition, the first expedition to summit Mount McKinley. Free

Guided Tours

11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. daily summer season (dates TBA)

Join a museum docent for a 45-minute guided tour and learn about Alaska’s rich history, art, indigenous people and more. Tours vary each day. Visit the front desk or call 929-9215 for the daily schedule. Included with admission

PLEASE NOTE: Fees still apply for premium exhibitions and planetarium shows during free events.

JUNE EVENTS

Imaginarium Science Demonstration

4 p.m. daily

Watch fizzy, foamy science experiments, pet reptiles, stargaze in the planetarium and more during live science demonstrations. Different demonstrations offered each day. Included with admission

Anchorage 1% for Art Excursion

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 1, July 6 and Aug 3

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes narrated tour of Anchorage’s public art, including work by artists such as John Hoover, Melvin Olanna, Sonya Kelliher-Combs and more. This collection is made possible by the Municipality of Anchorage’s 1% for Art Program. Snacks and water provided; bring a brown bag lunch. Registration required online. $15

Smithsonian Spotlight

Making Comics

Noon Thursday, June 6

Artist Dimi Macheras (Ahtna Athabascan) is best known for comics that meld Alaska Native storytelling with action-packed modern visuals. He shares his latest creative endeavors, including his upcoming urban-fantasy cyberpunk project, “Guttertown!” Included with admission

Art on the Green

1 to 3 p.m. Friday, June 7

Add some fresh air to your art. Venture outdoors for the museum’s newest art event. Express yourself creatively through different activities each month, and informally engage with local artists. This event is held outdoors, weather permitting. Limited to 25 participants; first-come, first-served. Free

First Friday

6 to 9 p.m. June 7

Meet local pilots in the “Arctic Flight: A Century of Alaska Aviation” exhibition. Enjoy free admission to the galleries and live music by Rebel Blues in Muse. Free

Pilot Party

6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 7

See the view from the cockpit through informal conversation with local pilots in the “Arctic Flight” exhibition. Hear first-hand flying tales, get a temporary airplane tattoo and design your own wings. Free

Book Signing

Kris Farmen

6 to 9 p.m.  Friday, June 7  Free

Alaska author Kris Farmen signs copies of his new novel “Turn Again,” a historical murder mystery set in Alaska’s Russian era.

Sunday Fun Day

Cultural Heritage

2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 9

Celebrate your family’s ancestry with cultural activities at the museum. Create a flag representing your heritage, design a coat of arms for your family and swap favorite family recipes. Included with admission

Outdoor Explore

2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 15

It’s game time on the museum lawn! Try your hand at bocce, bean bag toss, parachute games or bubble-blowing. Bring the little ones to try the mini obstacle course. Dress for the weather; this event is held outdoors rain or shine. Free

Solstice Week

Various times Saturday through Friday, June 15-21

Celebrate summer solstice with a week of hands-on activities. See the sun through a solar telescope, catch a free planetarium demo about the sun and more. Included with admission

Play Date

10:30 a.m. Friday, June 21

Treat toddlers to educational and fun child’s play through guided activities. June’s play date focuses on colors and painting. Included with admission

Smithsonian Curator’s Tour

Noon Friday, June 21

Join Smithsonian anthropologist Aron Crowell for a curator’s tour of the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center. Gain a better understanding of Alaska’s nine indigenous cultures through 600 Alaska Native artifacts. Learn about traditional lifeways in Alaska’s diverse regions through clothing, tools, ceremonial objects and more. Curator tours are offered the third Friday of every month. Included with admission

PLEASE NOTE: Fees still apply for premium exhibitions and planetarium shows during free events.

THOMAS PLANETARIUM

The following schedule is valid May 1-Sept. 30. Prices vary from $4 to $10 and do not include museum general admission. Buy tickets at www.anchoragemuseum.org.

Dinosaur Passage To Pangaea

12:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

This animated adventure explains one of the greatest geological events in Earth’s history: The separation of the supercontinent Pangaea. When two children embark on a geology field trip back in time, they are thrown into a fantastic voyage where they witness incredible geological wonders and learn about the mysterious process that created present-day continents.

Astronomy Alive

6:30 p.m. First Friday

2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Join a science educator on a narrated tour through the night sky. Shows vary based on night sky occurrences.

Experience the Aurora

10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday (June through August only)

1 p.m. daily

Marvel as the Northern Lights shimmer and glisten overhead through time-lapse footage captured in the Arctic Circle. This immersive show is the next best thing to being under Alaska’s winter night sky. Unearth the science behind auroras, and learn about mankind’s quest to find and understand this incredible phenomenon. 

Led Zeppelin Cosmic Light Show

7:30 p.m. First Friday

4:30 p.m. Saturday

Be transported by mood-altering art and 3-D graphics choreographed to some of Led Zeppelin’s biggest hits, including “Whole Lotta Love,” “Immigrant Song” and “Ramble On.” This immersive rock ‘n’ roll experience plays out on the museum's full-dome planetarium screen and features a state-of-the-art sound system. Audience advisory: Adult subject matter.

Pink Floyd

Dark Side of the Moon

4:30 p.m. Sunday

Pink Floyd’s rock ‘n’ roll masterpiece comes to life in this full-dome music and light show that interprets this classic album through mesmerizing HD graphics. This is not a laser light show, but the next generation of computer generated imagery. Audience advisory: Adult subject matter.

Into the Deep

3:30 p.m. daily

Dive alongside deep-sea research pioneers to learn about marine biology, underwater geology and the history of deep-sea exploration. Traveling in famous historic submersibles, come face-to-face with fascinating underwater creatures such as vampire squid and pelican eels. Discover how diving vessels make these underwater encounters possible for humans.

Wonders of the Universe

4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Peer deep into space through the eyes of the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope and travel back billions of years to witness the birth of the universe. On this immersive excursion through the sky, witness the formation of galaxies and explore some of the most wondrous nebulae and astronomical structures yet discovered.

Alaska Spirit of the Wild

12:15 p.m. Monday through Friday

This planetarium show is an Academy Award-nominated adventure into untamed Alaska. Charlton Heston narrates as glaciers calve, caribou stampede and a wolf pack hunts.

Supervolcanoes

1:45 p.m. daily

Travel back in time and experience the massive volcanic eruptions that shaped the Earth and solar system. Journey to Yellowstone National Park, Neptune’s moon Triton and Jupiter’s moon Io to witness historic eruptions. Could a supervolcano erupt in our era? Scientists weigh in.

CLASSES

The Anchorage Museum offers a variety of art classes. Find complete class listings and registration information at www.anchoragemuseum.org/learn.

Black and White Photography Workshop

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, May 6-8

Brush up on traditional black-and-white digital photography techniques. Learn how to evaluate shades of grey, light and form in subjects to capture dynamic monochrome images. Taught by photographer Carl Battreall. $140

Macro Photography Workshop

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, June 17-19

Get up close and personal with nature and discover the fundamentals of macro photography. Learn how to use close-up photography techniques and equipment to photograph a variety of subjects, including flowers and plants. Taught by photographer Carl Battreall. $140

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

All exhibitions are included with museum admission unless otherwise noted. Dates are subject to change: Please call (907) 929-9231 to confirm dates.

“Wrangell Mountain Skyboys: Making History Above Alaska’s Copper Belt”

On view May 3 through Aug. 25

A supplement to “Arctic Flight: A Century of Alaska Aviation,” this exhibition focuses on the daring cowboy pilots who established aviation in Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias mountain region, some of the highest and most rugged terrain in the country. Through historical photographs learn about the adventurous lives of legendary pilots including Harold Gillam, Bob Reeve, “Kirk” Kirkpatrick and Merle “Mudhole” Smith.

"Dena'inaq' Huch'ulyeshi: The Dena'ina Way of Living”

On view Sept. 15 through Jan. 12, 2014

About half of Alaska’s residents live in traditional Dena’ina territory, but there is little awareness of the indigenous people who have called the Cook Inlet region home for more than 1,000 years. The Anchorage Museum has set out to change that, with the first major exhibition ever presented about the Dena’ina Athabascan people. Meet the Dena’ina through film, life-size re-creations, images, hands-on learning stations, audio and more than 160 artifacts on loan from museums across Europe and North America.

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

All exhibitions are included with museum admission unless otherwise noted.

“Arctic Flight: A Century of Alaska Aviation”

On view through Aug. 11

On the 100th anniversary of the first powered flight in Alaska, the Anchorage Museum opens “Arctic Flight: A Century of Alaska Aviation,” an exhibition that tells compelling stories of survival, adventure and ingenuity. Historical artifacts, video footage and photographs reveal the state’s remarkable aviation history from its pioneer bush pilot era to today. Artifacts including wreckage from the Will Rogers/Wiley Post crash of 1935, a military-issued electric flight jacket from World War II, and the exhibition’s centerpiece, a 1920s Stearman C2B biplane. Film footage includes a 1927 clip of the first airplane to fly over the North Pole and newsreels of the World War II campaign in the Aleutian Islands. Children can play pilot in a replica antique cockpit and conduct experiments that explain the physics of flight. The exhibition is co-curated by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

“Portrait Alaska: Clark James Mishler”

On view through Sept. 28

Alaskans are eclectic and proud of it. Anyone who doubts this will be swayed by “Portrait Alaska: Clark James Mishler,” which features more than 200 portraits of Alaskans taken during the past 20 years. Much like “The Family of Man” — a groundbreaking Museum of Modern Art photography exhibition in 1955 — this project demonstrates the independence and character of Alaskans, while also emphasizing the ties that connect residents across the largest state. Mishler’s work is represented in the Anchorage Museum collection and has appeared in hundreds of books and periodicals including National Geographic and Time.

“Re/Marks”

On view through April 13, 2014

Alaska Native artists present traditional stories and aesthetics in innovative, contemporary ways in this new exhibition curated from the Anchorage Museum collection. The 31 artworks in “Re/Marks” span the 1970s until the present, following the development of contemporary Alaska Native art from early prints and paintings to recent photography and sculpture. Featured artists include John Hoover, Ron Senungetuk, Susie Silook, Sonya Kelliher-Combs and Perry Eaton. These artists reinterpret images, reinvent methods and remark upon the intersections of history and identity, both personal and cultural. Their work transcends ethnographic and anthropological interpretations, and challenges preconceived notions of indigenous art, demonstrating that Native art is vital and varied.

PARTNER PROGRAMS

Cook Inlet Historical Society

The Visual Flight Rules Route to Russia

7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16

Felix Maguire, Alaska Airmen’s Association historian, explains Russia’s changing aviation regulations. This event is part of the Cook Inlet Historical Society’s monthly lecture series. Free. For more information contact Jim Barnett at jbarnett@alaska.com.

John Bagoy Memorial Cemetery Tour

7 p.m. Friday, June 21

Delve into Anchorage’s past with Audrey and Bruce Kelly. Meet at the cemetery entrance at Cordova Street and Seventh Avenue. This event is part of the Cook Inlet Historical Society’s monthly lecture series. Free. For more information contact Jim Barnett at jbarnett@alaska.com.

VISITOR INFORMATION AND MUSEUM HOURS

The Anchorage Museum’s mission is to share and connect Alaska with the world through art, history and science.

WINTER HOURS

Oct. 1 through April 30

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday

Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

Closed Monday

SUMMER HOURS

May 1 through Sept. 30

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily

GENERAL ADMISSION

Free for museum members, $15 adults (18-64), $12 Alaska resident adults (18-64), $10 military/senior citizens/students, $7 ages 3 to 12, free ages 2 and younger. Visitors can find general museum information at (907) 929-9200 or www.anchoragemuseum.org.

Visitors with disabilities who need special assistance, please call (907) 929-9254.

Parking is available for $1 per hour in the underground garage on evenings and weekends.

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