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Three ways to wow Dad at the museum


Alaska Native art and design from the collections of the Smithsonian in the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center.

Photo courtesy of the Anchorage Museum


From bears to beers: Three ways to wow Dad at the museum


Okay, there are more than three ways to wow Dad at the museum this Father’s Day. But, why not start with bears, browsing and beer?

Take Dad to see the brown bears of the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary from the comfort of our Thomas Planetarium where “River of Bears” screens daily at 3:30 p.m. Then, browse masterworks of Alaska Native art and design from the collections of the Smithsonian in the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center. Cap the visit with a local brew and bite to eat in Muse restaurant. Want more ideas? Keep scrolling to check out the many things to see and do at the museum in June.



Anchorage Museum

Dolastallat (To Start a Campfire)

On view in the west corridor
A new video installation in the west corridor by Finnish Sami photographer Marja Helander illustrates the contrast between modern culture and Sami heritage. Read More
Anchorage Museum


On view in the atrium
The Points of View exhibition series showcases the museum's permanent collection from the perspective of a guest curator. Perseverance, an unconventional conceptual installation curated by artist Sonya Kelliher-Combs, is a personal exploration of the transformative power of utilitarian objects. Read More

Solstice Festivities


Lunch on the Lawn
(Extended version)

11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 20
Celebrate the longest day of the year with an extended Lunch on the Lawn with live music, food trucks and hands-on activities (see below):

11:30 a.m.  Blink: Monument Building
12:30 p.m.  Botanical Elixirs
1:30 p.m.  Power and Energy of Crystals
2:30 p.m.  Solar Energy
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Summer Solstice: Silent Disco

11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 20
Party on the lawn under the midnight sun. It's like clubbing on the common as you scoff at the sound curfew and dance to music while wearing wireless headphones. Beginning at 9:30 p.m., competing DJs (DJ Spencer Lee and DJ Cross) will spin disco music until midnight. Read More

Science: Flight and food fermentation


Conversations in the Dome: Flight

6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 15
Take flight with the full-dome program Living in the Age of Airplanes, followed by a discussion about flying in Alaska with local pilot Mark Ransom. Read More

Urban Homestead 101: Food Preservation Through Fermentation

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 20
Wild food forager, culinary expert and TEDx presenter Jeremy Umansky shares methods for preserving Alaska proteins and foraged foods for homegrown living. Read More

Artists to Watch


Once Upon a Twitterfeed...

Reaching through dreams, she gathers a village of 87,000, telling stories in 140 characters or less.  Iñupiaq rapper, writer, activist, and performance artist Allison Warden, who performs as AKU-MATU, began writing Twitter poems in Spring 2013.

Her grandmother had just died, and on the way to the funeral. the muse found her.

“Muses, really,” she says. “My ancestors.” Read More on our blog


Adaptation in the Arctic:
Artist John Grade

John Grade’s sculptures have always mirrored patterns found in nature, such as wasp nests, erosion, honeycombs, rocks, and trees. You'll be hearing more from us about this artist, who gives a public presentation at the museum this fall on how he's using mixed reality technology for an upcoming installation on Arctic "pingos" (Inuit word for small hills). Read More on our blog

Family and Adult Classes


Family Art Class: Wildlife Painting

2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 17
Children and parents may create portraits of animals together using water-based paint and collage. Best for artists of all skill levels. Ages 5 and older. Read More

Plein Air Adult Art Class: Landscape Painting

10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 8
Join painters Karl Koett and David Pettibone for a landscape oil painting workshop in Kincaid Park. Read More

Public Talks


Lunch and Learn: Alaska Salmon

Noon to 12:45 p.m. Thursday, June 29
Alaska experts share stories and knowledge about Alaska salmon. More than a food source, every aspect of the salmon is usable, including its skin. Read More

Leadership, Traditionalism and Transformation Talk

6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 29
Professor Ron Heifetz, founder of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School and globally recognized author, will present a public lecture on leadership in times of change. Read More



Cruisin’ the Fossil Coastline

On view Sept. 15, 2017
Be prepared to look at the world in a whole new way – through the eyes of a walrus-and ammonite-obsessed scientist and an artist with a fondness for cheeseburgers, ratfish and trilobites – in this exhibition on Alaska fossils. Read More

The Art of Fandom

On view Oct. 13, 2017
Get a taste for anime, cosplay and collectibles in this all-ages exhibition. The Art of Fandom explores the things people like in our mass and global culture with international artists, featuring: art, illustrations, video works and fandom sub-culture. Read More

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Anchorage Museum

Discovery Center Expands

Several updates to the Discovery Center are taking shape as the new Rasmuson Wing expansion continues. Along with added square footage, natural light and interactive elements, our space is growing. Spark your curiosity - visit the Discovery Center. watch video
Visit the Museum Store
  Shop Alaska Native art and northern designs  
Happenings at Muse
  Beer and wine complement our wild Alaska seafood  
Get Involved
  Become a member, make a donation, or volunteer  

Credits: Banner photo by Anchorage Museum. Exhibition photos Dolastallat film still courtesy of artist Marja Helander. Exhibition photo Perseverance courtesy of artist Sonya Kelliher-Combs. Solstice Festivities Lunch on the Lawn photo by Anchorage Museum. Silent Disco photo via iStock. Conversations in the Dome photo via Pixabay. Urban Homestead 101: Food preservation through Fermentation photo via iStock. Allison Warden photo by Don Mohr. John Grade photos courtesy of John Grade. Family Art Class photo courtesy of Anchorage Museum. Adult Art Class photo courtesy of artist Karl Koett. Lunch and Learn Alaska Salmon photo by Aaron Leggett. Leadership, Traditionalism and Transformation Talk image courtesy of University of Alaska (UA). Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline courtesy of artist Ray Troll. Art of Fandom photo by Takuya Sakamoto. Discovery Center expansion photo film still via Hybrid Color Films. Museum Store photo by Anchorage Museum. Muse photo by Anchorage Museum. Get Involved photo by Anchorage Museum.


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