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Anchorage Museum: "Polar Bear Garden," Spring Break workshops, March Programs


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Polar Bear Garden: The Place Between Alaska and Russia opened First Friday with live music, caviar and classic film. Thank you to all who joined us at the opening reception. This timely exhibition explores the many connections between Alaska and Russia since the historic purchase of Alaska 150 years ago. See it while it is on view through Sept. 17. Read More



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Balto Arrives

The sled dog who made history is back in Alaska
Balto is in Anchorage and reunited with Togo in the Polar Bear Garden exhibition. Named after famous Norwegian Sami explorer and adventurer Samuel Johannsen Balto, the canine Balto led the serum-run sled dog team that first arrived in Nome with the diphtheria antitoxin on Feb 2, 1925. See Balto on view through June 11.
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Polar Nights at a Glance

Select galleries are open late with discounted admission Friday evenings through April
Friday, March 17
Film screening "Red Snow" with talk by Ted Mala (see below for more info)
Live music and beer flights in Muse

Friday, March 24
Life Drawing Open Studio
Live music and beer flights in Muse

Friday, March 31
Pop-Up Artist Studio: David Pettibone
Urban Homesteading 101 Preview: Beekeeping
Art Lab: Poster printing with Anchorage Community Works
Public Talk: David Ramseur - Melting the Ice Curtain
Live music and beer flights in Muse



Anchorage School District Art Exhibition

45th annual showcase of student artwork is on view through April 16
Teachers select the pieces, which include drawings, paintings, multimedia works, jewelry and sculpture. This year's theme is Laying the Foundation. Read More


Now on view through Sept. 17
Featured in New York Times - Lens.
The human dimension of the Arctic is the focus of the exhibition I AM INUIT, a collaboration between photographer Brian Adams and the Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska.

Art Making


Art Lab: Poster Printing with Anchorage Community Works

6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 31
Screenprint a poster to take home inspired by the exhibition Polar Bear Garden: The Place Between Alaska and Russia. Anchorage Community Works artists discuss poster design and demonstrate a portable printing press. Read More

Artist Studio: David Pettibone

7 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 31
Join Alaska artist David Pettibone and learn about his process as he paints a portrait of a fellow artist. Pettibone’s Tree exhibition, which features a series of paintings of a single Eagle River cottonwood tree throughout the course of a year, opens in September. Read More



Melting the Ice Curtain

7 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 31
Author and public policy scholar David Ramseur shares his perspective on the thawing relations between the Russian Far East and Alaska during the 1980s and 1990s. Read More

Putin and Russia

7 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 21
Russian relations expert and CNN political contributor Leon Aron, PhD, discusses contemporary U.S. and Russian relations and Vladimir Putin. Read More



film: "Red Snow"
with special guest Ted Mala

7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 17
A U.S. Air Force pilot deployed on the tip of Alaska is aided by an Inupiaq sergeant (Ray Mala) to foil a Soviet plot to test a secret weapon. Ted Mala discusses his movie star father Ray Mala’s legacy in this film screening coinciding with the Polar Bear Garden exhibition.
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Celluloid Wednesday

7 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, Free
"Bride of the Monster," (1955)
A mad doctor (Bela Lugosi) experiments with atomic power to turn people into super-beings in this Cold War-era classic by B-movie icon Ed Wood.
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Urban Homesteading 101 Preview: Beekeeping

6:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 31
Special honey appetizers available from 6 to 9 p.m. in Muse
Join beekeeper and chemist Dee Barker of Abeille Alaska and Earthworks Farm to learn about the challenges and joys of sustaining hives in a northern climate along with the processes of extracting honey and using wax.
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Wayfinding with the Stars

6:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 7
Join astronomy expert Aaron Slonecker to learn about orienteering using the constellations. Read More




11:30 a.m. Saturdays through March
Visit gas giants, frozen rogue planets hurling through space, and new planets where scientists believe Earth-like worlds may exist. Read More

Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

7:30 p.m. Friday, Mar. 17
Immerse yourself in Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. This new full-dome music and light show expands on the classic album through captivating HD graphics. Audience advisory: Adult subject matter. Read More

April Upcoming


Blink: Story Time in the Dome

Classic and modern tales come to life in this Thomas Planetarium immersive experience with a live storyteller.

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 6
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calling all multi-lingual speakers

Cafuné: A Cross-cultural Discussion About Words Lost in Translation
Cafuné is the Brazilian Portuguese term for the act of running a hand through a loved one's hair that defies English translation. Is there a word in your native Spanish, Hmong, Filipino, Dena’ina or any other of the 100 languages spoken in Anchorage that you cannot translate into English? Bi-lingual speakers and others are invited for a discussion to help create an inventory of untranslatable positive words from across the world’s languages.

7 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 7
11 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 8

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Staff Pick: Unbound literary series


Unbound Literary Series

"Unbound presents literary readings that create an experimental framework for the spoken word in all its forms. Offered alongside group activities like printmaking, bookbinding, writing, author talks and book events, words gain new life away from the page, reaching past the individual to create community."
—Kirsten Anderson, Deputy Director/Chief Curator


10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 8
Authors sell and discuss their work as we celebrate how reading and writing enrich our lives.

3 p.m. Public Talk
How Tech is Using the Creative Arts in New Ways
Deborah Harrison, a senior content publisher and Cortana editorial writer for Microsoft, shares her experience with how technology has opened new career paths for poets, playwrights and novelists and how even technology needs a strong human voice. Included with museum admission.
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Credits: Banner image photo by Anchorage Museum. Balto Upcoming photo by Bettmann, courtesy Getty Images; year unknown. Polar Nights photo by Akela Collective. Exhibitions photos by Anchorage Museum. Poster photo by Anchorage Museum. Artist Studio: David Pettibone photo courtesy of the artist. David Ramseur photo courtesy of David Ramseur. Leon Aron photo courtesy of Leon Aron. Films photos courtesy of public domain. Urban Homesteading Beekeeping photo by Dee Barker. Wayfinding with the Stars photo courtesy of iStock. Exoplanets photo by NASA. Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon photo by Starlight Productions. Blink: Story Time in the Dome photo still from "The Longest Night: A Winter Tale." Cafuné photo courtesy of iStock. Unbound photo by Anchorage Museum. Museum Store photo by Chris Arend Photography. Muse burger photo by Greg Martin. Get Involved photo courtesy of Akela Collective. 


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