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Anchorage Museum kicks off series of holiday events starting Friday


Anchorage Museum hosts traditional holiday events, exhibition

Enjoy the holidays at the Anchorage Museum through these upcoming events. 

Crafts Weekend

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29-30

Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1

Crafts Weekend returns Thanksgiving weekend with a variety of unique, Alaska-made jewelry, pottery, woodwork and more from nearly 50 Alaskan artists. This year’s artists include Rick Potter, who was a construction worker for 24 years before he adapted his metal working skills to making fine jewelry, and Ed Mighell, who used his engineering background to develop a unique clay from Cook Inlet mud to make ceramic tiles. This is Alaska’s premier juried crafts show, meaning artists must apply and meet rigorous standards to participate. Crafts Weekend 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

“Wonderland of Toys”

On view Dec. 3 through Jan. 12, 2014

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 costumes from 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. 

Exhibition included in museum general admission.

Holiday Concert

1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8

Hear those sleigh bells jingling at our annual celebration of holiday music. Enjoy the sounds of the season performed by the Anchorage Concert Chorus, Anchorage Youth Choir, Cantora Arctica and Alaska Native Cultural Charter School. Museum general admission is free all day thanks to Wells Fargo.


The Anchorage Museum is the largest museum in Alaska and one of the top 10 most visited 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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