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Celebrating the Circumpolar North - Week of the Arctic 2017 and more


Anchorage Museum

The North is Cooler than Ever


The Week of the Arctic 2017 culminates in Anchorage with the North by North festival—celebrating the Arctic with art, film, dance, foods, a crafts EXPO and more. Rub elbows with visiting DJs and Chefs from Arctic nations, explore innovative art installations, films, and performances, and join a dialogue with us on what it means to be from the true North. Read More



On the Lawn


Circumpolar Film Festival

10:30 p.m. Friday, May 12
Come relax on the lawn for a night of cool films. Film producers and film festival organizers from six Arctic nations and Alaska are screening highlights from film festivals around the Arctic during the North by North film festival. This is just one of several screenings during the festival. Read More

Arctic Lawn Party

4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 13
Chill out with great food, music, dancing, beer, games, lively discussions and art. Savor northern dishes created by chefs from Alaska and several Arctic nations (available for purchase). Dance to live music and tunes by visiting Arctic DJs, including Modern Savage (Alaska), DJ Arctic (Canada) and Lady Waks (Russia). Read More

Exhibitions and Installations

Anchorage Museum

SLOW exhibition opens

6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 5
Original Norwegian Sakte-TV ("Slow TV") is on view along with American adaptations of this form of marathon TV coverage of an ordinary event. Read More
Anchorage Museum

Arctic Issues and Art Installations

On view May 11 as part of North by North Festival
Center/Periphery is a program including a series of international art installations about places considered both on the edge and at the center. The program includes talks, gatherings and performances along with art installations by Armando Marino, KUO I-Chen, Graham Hogg and Eames Demetrios.

Live Music and Performances


May 5: First Friday

Enjoy free admission to galleries thanks to ConocoPhillips, a live planetarium performance, music in the west elevator and more.
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
6 p.m. SLOW exhibition opens
7:30 p.m. Live in the Planetarium: Electronic music with Blevin Blectum
6 p.m. Free Film "Happy People: A Year in the Taiga"

6 p.m. Battle of the Breweries in Muse


Live Music in the Planetarium series

7:30 p.m. Friday, May 5
Experience the Thomas Planetarium in a new way with a live performance of music and projection featuring Rhode Island-based electronic musician and multimedia artist Blevin Blectum. Read More

Paint like the old masters


Adult Art Class:
Introduction to Oil Painting

10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 6
Participants will paint and take home a finished still-life painting, composed of the  same colors used by many of the “Old Masters” of the 16th and 17th centuries. Read More

Family Art Class:
Spring Landscapes

2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 20
Celebrate spring in this family class. Take inspiration from what is just outside the  window and explore various drawing materials, water-based paint and found images. Read More

International Museum Day


Morning Schedule

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 18
Museums around the world are presenting activities and events marking International Museum Day—a time to raise awareness of how museums are an important means of cultural exchange and development of mutual understanding and cooperation among peoples.
Free admission all day, thanks to Wells Fargo.

10:30 a.m. – Blink: My Mini Museum - create and role play your own mini museum experience

11 a.m. – Member Back-of-House Tour Marine Animals

Noon – Docent Tour
Noon – Conservation Lab Demonstration
Noon – Film Screening: "Northern Great Mountain," 2015. Stoerre Vaerie (original title)



Afternoon + After Hours


1 p.m. – Docent Tour

1 p.m. – Member Back-of-House Tour Turtles

2 p.m. – Member Back-of-House Tour Slither and Crawl

3 p.m. – Free Planetarium Show: River of Bears

4:30 p.m. – Free Planetarium Show: Living in the Age of Airplanes

4 to 6 p.m. – Happy Hour in Muse Restaurant

7 p.m. – Cook Inlet Historical Society Lecture: Alaskans Go to College


meet up at muse


Painting Night at Muse

6 to 9 p.m.Thursday, May 4
Bring a friend, order an appetizer and indulge your inner artist. Create art in the style of a rustic wood-burned design using acrylic paint on a 12x24-inch natural birch plank. Taught by artist Christina Wilson with guidance on how to display the piece at home. Pre-registration encouraged, 929-9230 or register online.

Mother's Day Brunch

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 14
Treat mom on her special day. Reservations suggested; call 929-9210 or make online at muse.anchoragemuseum.org. Walk-ins welcome.

Summer Fun

Anchorage Museum

Starting Summer Camps

Weeklong sessions start May 30 and end Aug. 11, 2017
From robotics and space exploration to costumes, animals and more, the Anchorage Museum has a camp for your favorite 7 to 12–year-old. Read More
Visit the Museum Store
  Shop northern designs  
Happenings at Muse
  Beer, wine and fresh fare  
Docent Tours
  Explore with the experts  

Credits: Hero photo via Anchorage Museum and North by North Festival. Circumpolar Film Festival photo via North by North Festival. Arctic Lawn Party photo by Sam Wasson Photography, image courtesy of Anchorage Downtown Partnership. SLOW photo courtesy of iStock/ Getty Images. Arctic Issues and Installations "EXILED" photo courtesy of the artist Armando Mariño. First Friday photo by Akela Collective. Ongoing Live Music in the Planetarium photo courtesy of Blevin Blectum. Adult art class photo courtesy of Karl Koett. Family art class photo courtesy of David Pettibone. International Museum Day photo by Chris Arend Photography. Afternoon + After Hours photo by Chris Arend Photography. Painting Night in Muse photo by Akela Collective. Mother's Day Brunch photo by Anchorage Museum. Summer camps photo by Anchorage Museum. Museum Store photo by Anchorage Museum. Happenings at Muse photo by Anchorage Museum. Docent Tours photo by Nicole Richmond.


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