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Food, facts and Friday night out at the museum


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Polar Lab artist-in-residence Mary Mattingly and other invited speakers explore creative strategies for processing plants for food and medicine that support thriving and sustainable ecological communities.

Mary Mattingly, Arctic Food Forest, 2016

Curated Conversations:
Cultivating in the North

 
 

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19

Plants are crucial for cultivating wellness in the North, where access to locally grown foods and medicines can be limited. From urban foraging to hothouse gardening to traveling food forests, local and traditional plants are getting attention for their health, cultural, economic and ecological benefits. Polar Lab artist-in-residence Mary Mattingly and other invited speakers explore creative strategies for processing plants for food and medicine that support thriving and sustainable ecological communities. Included with admission, which is half-price during the museum's Polar Nights Friday after-hours series.

 
 
 

Meet and engage

 
 
Spark!Nite
 

Spark!Nite

6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26
 
Anchorage Museum’s Spark!Lab is partnering with Zip Kombucha to present a hands-on evening highlighting local innovation and inventive possibilities. Zip Kombucha staff reveal and discuss the many innovative aspects of their Kombucha (fermented tea drink), while providing samples for participants to try. Ages 21 and older. Read More
 
 
Curator's Tour
 

Curator’s Tour

Noon Friday, Aug. 19
 
Join a Smithsonian anthropologist for a tour of the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center. Gain a better understanding of Alaska’s indigenous cultures through 600 Alaska Native artifacts. Learn about traditional lifeways in Alaska’s diverse regions through clothing, tools, ceremonial objects and more.
 
 
 
 

Taste

 
 
Lunch on the Lawn
 

Lunch on the lawn

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 30
 
Every Tuesday this summer, join us for games, food, live music, hands-on science, art demos, and animal encounters. Don't miss the last few Lunches on the Lawn before it's time to go back to school. Read More
 
 
Wine Tasting at Muse
 

Muse Monthly Wine Tasting

5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18
 
Torres is a Spanish winemaker with an earth-friendly approach to creating wine. Join us in Muse to sample their Celeste, Gran Coronas and Torres 5G. Read More
 
 
 
 

Family

 
 
Blink
 

Blink: Creative play

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays
 
Get creative, experiment and play during this drop-in gathering for ages 2 to 5 years old and their caregivers. Presented in partnership with the Alaska Club. READ MORE
 
 
Discovery Center
 

Discovery Center Science Demonstrations

Science demonstrations: 2 p.m. daily.
Animal demonstrations: Noon and 4 p.m. daily.
 
See the surface of the sun, spark a static charge, pet a reptile, meet a marine mammal, or become an Alaska myth-buster.  Demonstrations vary during this eclectic science activity.
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
Planetarium
 

Thomas Planetarium

 
 
Feel like you're soaring through galaxies in outer space or walking among grizzly bears in our full-dome planetarium.
view planetarium trailers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Visit the Museum Store
  Find Native art and distinctly Northern designs at the Anchorage Museum Store.  
 
 
 
MUSE RESTAURANT
  Join us for half-off apps, fresh daily specials and on-site evening and weekend parking  
 
 
 
Get Involved
  Become a member, make a donation, or volunteer.  
 
 
 
 
Credits: All images courtesy Anchorage Museum unless otherwise noted. Mary Mattingly, Arctic Food Forest, 2016; Spark!Nite photo by Andrew Rich; curator tour photo by Chuck Choi; wine tasting photo by Greg Martin; planetarium photo by Chris Arend; Charilyn Cardwell knit qiviut, photo by Chris Arend; Schrage family photo by Chris Arend.
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