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Anchorage Museum Opens Traditional Holiday Exhibition


“Wonderland of Toys” on view Nov. 23 through Jan. 13

For many Alaska families, journeying to the Anchorage Museum to see “Wonderland of Toys” is a beloved holiday tradition. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, the museum’s atrium is transformed into a dazzling tableau of toys, some that date back as far as the 1800s. Against a backdrop of twinkling lights and tinsel, find carousel horses, World War I toy soldiers, antique European dolls, and a towering evergreen tree decorated with more than 100 dolls wearing costumesfrom around the world.

Highlights include:

  • A charming 30-piece, hand-painted wood Schoenhut Humpty Dumpty circus created in 1908 in Germany.
  • A completely furnished Victorian-style dollhouse. The late Anchorage attorney Hal Horton built the dollhouse for his granddaughter, and when she outgrew it, he donated it to the museum. The dollhouse includes a replica Sydney Laurence painting above the fireplace mantel.
  • Carousel horses. Local collector Linda Walsh has loaned the museum several carousel animals from her extensive collection, which she has carefully restored. 

Related holiday events at the Anchorage Museum

Crafts Weekend

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23-24

Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25

Crafts Weekend returns Thanksgiving weekend with a variety of unique, Alaska-made jewelry, pottery, woodwork and more from nearly 50 Alaskan artists. Alaska’s premier juried crafts show is held in conjunction with the ReadAlaska Book Fair featuring Alaskan authors and illustrators. A portion of each sale helps support the Anchorage Museum. Museum general admission is free

Holiday Concert

1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9

Hear those sleigh bells jingling at a holiday concert featuring the Anchorage Concert Chorus and more. Museum general admission is free all day thanks to Wells Fargo.

Snow Day

2 to 4 p.m. Sunday Dec. 16

Learn about the snow outside while staying toasty warm inside. Make a snow globe,learn about the science of snow through fun lab experiments, dress up cardboard snowmen and discover ways to stay fit indoors at The Alaska Club’s obstacle course for children. Included with museum general admission

Anchorage Museum holiday closures

The Anchorage Museum will be closed for the following holidays:

  • Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 22
  • Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25
  • New Year’s Day, Tuesday, Jan. 1

The museum’s regular winter hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday and closed Monday. 


The Anchorage Museum is the largest museum in Alaska and one of the top 10 mostvisited attractions in the state. The museum’s mission is to share and connect Alaska with the world through art, history and science. Learn more at www.anchoragemuseum.org.

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