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Winter break with kids, NYE and Camouflage

Workshops, Wells Fargo free day, and more


Winter Break Workshops

Photo by the Akela Collective

Looking for something for the kids to do over winter break? Go on a mission to Mars, build a fort or play with microscopes and telescopes at one of the museum's winter break workshops.

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Winter up here

Wells Fargo Free Day

Wells Fargo Free Day
Winter family celebration

1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18
Celebrate winter up here with a complimentary hot chocolate and holiday music in the museum atrium. Enjoy live performances by the Anchorage Concert Chorus, the Alaska Children’s Choir, and the Anchorage Mandolin Orchestra. Take a kid-friendly tour our Camouflage exhibition, find the perfect gift at our pop-up store, or make your own in the Art Lab. Free general admission all day thanks to Wells Fargo. Read More

Razzle Dazzle New Year’s Eve Ball

9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1
Ring in the New Year in style at the Anchorage Museum’s Razzle Dazzle Black and White Ball. Be inspired by razzle dazzle camouflage patterns, come dressed in black and white and dance to beats by local DJs. The museum’s atrium will receive a razzle-dazzling transformation making it the coolest backdrop in town to ring in 2017. Live performance by special guest Slow Magic. Buy Tickets




Fulldome Nutcracker

4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday in December
Enter a visual music extravaganza of Tchaikovsky's most famous work, with stereo soundtrack performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and animation by Ken Scott. Buy Tickets

Above Alaska

See the Northern Lights at the Thomas Planetarium
Travel to the remote forests and mountains of Alaska to experience a night under the Northern Lights. Shot in vivid high resolution 4k fulldome format, the presentation features some of the best Aurora displays from the last two years, as filmed from different locations throughout the state. Buy Tickets

Camouflage: In Plain Sight


Contemporary art in Camouflage

Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, Jasper Johns and Nick Cave are among the contemporary artists featured in Camouflage: In Plain Sight. Influenced by camouflage, their works in the exhibition play off the ideas of concealment and disguise. Futurist artists in the early 20th century, who used chaotic abstract forms to convey energy and violence, were drawn to military camouflage as a means of social commentary.  more about this exhibition


The first documented camouflage reference was in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Inflatable fake army tanks and rubber airplanes were used to trick the German army in WWII. Pablo Picasso claimed military camouflage patterns were inspired by Cubism. Transmitters disguised as doggie doo were used during the Vietnam War. Razzle dazzle camouflage tricks the brain by confusing its visual cues. Fashion designers use camo patterns to stand out rather than blend in. Camouflage: In Plain Sight expands beyond the familiar associations of camouflage to explore how we work to be seen and unseen. READ MORE

Polar Nights


FILM: The Kuchar Brothers' Underground Holiday Party

6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16
Long before YouTube and John Waters, there were the outrageous no-budget movies of underground filmmakers (and twin brothers) George and Mike Kuchar. Known as the “8 mm Mozarts,” their films were noticeably different than other underground films of the time. They were wildly funny, but also human and vulnerable. Read More

Unbound: Literary Love meets mountaineering

6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16
Unbound, loosens words from the page through monthly experimental literary events. Gather for conversation and readings by Andy Hall, Jon Waterman, and Mark Westman about mountaineering myth and history. Hosted by David Stevenson, professor and coordinator of the Low Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Alaska. Read More



Live music and beer at Muse

5 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
Muse restaurant offers live music with a choice of three draft beer flights and appetizer for $20. Ages 21 and over.

Painting Night at MUSE

6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19
Explore your inner artist and create your own work of art in a relaxed and social atmosphere. Gather some friends and join us at Muse restaurant with a glass of wine or beer and a special appetizer menu to inspire your creativity. Art activity fee is $40 members/$45 non-members, including instruction and all painting materials; food and beverage are extra. Register online
Where is the Art?

Where the heck is the art?

Art is around us in many ways, particularly at the museum. It may not always be in its traditional forms, but there is a rich range of objects and ideas to experience during almost any museum visit. As a museum, our responsibility is to support art and artists in many forms — from historical paintings to the creative work of living artists. Our role is not to have a preference for one genre or era or to reject contemporary movements. Art is primarily a reflection of its time, so art changes because time changes, our world changes, and the perspectives and landscapes and politics and social aspects of our lives change. Read More
Oil Painting Workshop

Adult Art Class
Intermediate Oil Painting

10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7
This class is designed for anyone interested in developing their understanding of the medium and its possibilities. This Intermediate Course focuses on hands-on painting time combined with one-on-one instruction. Participants will take home a finished still-life painting along with a renewed interest and understanding in the medium of oil paint. Taught by UAA art professor David Pettibone. Learn More
Visit the Museum Store
  Savvy Santas shop here.  
Happenings at Muse
  Beer and wine tastings complement our fresh fare.  
Get Involved
  Become a member, make a donation, or volunteer.  
Credits: Winter Break Workshops photo by the Akela Collective; Razzle Dazzle New Year's Eve Ball photo by Michael Dinneen; still from Fulldome Nutcracker; image courtesy of Above Alaska; photo of Camouflage: In Plain Sight with Andy Warhol's Camouflage, 1986 (right) and Nick Cave's Soundsuit, 2012 (center); model wearing a jacket by Irvine Sellars, photo by Mike McKeown/Daily Express/Getty Images; still from It Came from Kuchar by Jennifer Kroot; Painting Night at Muse photo by the Akela Collective; Museum Journal photo by Michael Conti; oil painting courtesy of David Pettibone; live music at Muse photo by Oscar Avellaneda-Cruz; camouflage watch by the Anchorage Museum; Muse and Get Involved photos by Chris Arend.

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