This summer sees the museum getting in shape. Renovations have begun on the Alaska gallery, which remains closed until next fall. If you look at the northeast corner of the building, you will see the museum going vertical. Construction of the museum’s new wing for art of the North galleries is advancing and taking form. The project schedule aligns with the reimagining of the Alaska gallery, which will showcase the ingenuity, technology, ways of knowing, and intimate understanding of the landscape that has allowed people to survive and thrive across the North. Both spaces are scheduled to open in September 2017.
While the Alaska gallery undergoes renovation, the Anchorage Museum has transformed several first-floor galleries into visible storage and a conservation lab. Visitors will get to see what’s normally behind-the-scenes, learn about the new Alaska gallery, and have the opportunity to discuss objects in the Anchorage Museum’s collection.
The story of Alaska is the story of our place. It’s the shared stories of the people and landscape that bring us together and that we’ll share with the world through the new Alaska gallery and the museum expansion — both opening in fall 2017. While grants will fund construction and renovation, your support will make it possible to conserve and care for the many paintings, objects and artifacts that will be on view in the new galleries. Read More
The museum is part of the urban fabric of Anchorage. As such, it has a role to play in fostering the next generation of insightful, self-assured, and creative individuals that our world needs. The museum develops teen programs that offer a chance to focus, self-reflect, connect and gain perspective. Read More
Dutch photographer Ellis Doeven is currently in Point Hope, Alaska, as a part of the museum's Polar Lab artists in the Arctic residency program. While there, she is documenting the community of Point Hope, which she describes as "a modern community with an ancient core." The title of this series of photographs, Muktuk and Gasoline, refers to the way the new and the old mingle. Read More
Learn how to create a story with your photographs. Develop a photo narrative within and around the Anchorage Museum using your personal smartphone or other device. Participants investigate how photography is used in the exhibition View From Up Here: The Arctic at the Center of the World as a means of storytelling and then develop their own pieces. Cameras will not be provided; use of smart phone cameras encouraged. All ages welcome. Included with admission, but pre-registration required. Register
Find inspiration, relaxation, and an outlet for your creativity through coloring. During National Coloring Book Day, the museum will provide supplies and free coloring pages to visitors throughout the day. Don't forget to check out the coloring books for both children and adults available for purchase at the Anchorage Museum Store.
Credits: Alaska gallery image by gsmprjct°; Anna Martins, basket, rye grass, dye, seal rawhide, c. 1980, photo by Chris Arend; donor block image by Karen Larsen; Urban Interventions photo by the Anchorage Museum; Ellis Doeven, Danielle and friends hanging out at the school, 2009, courtesy of the artist; Smartphone Narrative Photography Workshop photo by the Anchorage Museum; Muse photo by Greg Martin; get involved of museum member Stephanie Johnson and nephew Ben by Chris Arend.