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Wells Fargo History Museum

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Address: 301 West Northern Lights, Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone Number: 19072652834
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Description: A collection of cultural anthropology objects, paintings, maps, rare...
A collection of cultural anthropology objects, paintings, maps, rare books, Alaska gold rush era objects, early Alaska banking materials and contemporary art brought together by National Bank of Alaska. The collection of over 6000 pieces and 3500 books is remarkable in its continuing connection to Alaska's Native and Gold rush era families. Many of the walrus ivory carvings, baleen baskets and grass baskets represent generations of Alaska families. The library is an excellent resource on Alaska's long and rich multi-cultural, geographic and banking history for researchers, students, families and business. Admission is always free.
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Outstanding small museum and free

The curator was so pleasant and friendly with a wealth of information. Gave us info about towns we would be visiting. Our family was the only ones in the museum. 5 Stars.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The curator was so pleasant and friendly with a wealth of information. Gave us info about towns we would be visiting. Our family was the only ones in the museum. 5 Stars.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Nice modern museum with interesting exhibits right downtown. The place is well managed and provides wheel chair access. Really worth the time.

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Davie, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

This Amazing private collection is a must see if you visit Anchorage. Tom, one of the curators, has anazing knowledge and shared many stories. He even let us hold one of the many exquisitely carved ivory pieces and baleen baskets! 1 hour is not enough to see everything in this exhibit. You can go earlier than noon to see this... More 

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Mukilteo, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This is a small museum with an eclectic collection of artifacts from Alaska as well as an amazing library of books. Hidden away in a bank, not close to the tourist center, but definitely worth a visit if you have a car. We spent about an hour here.

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Sioux Falls
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This a must see on every Iditarod trip to Alaska. It is a fabulous collection and story gathered by the Rasmuson family and represents all of Alaska's Native's artistry and culture.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Don't make a special trip. It is often closed. I know, my office is across the street. See it once, as there are some interesting Native artifacts.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Cute little museum, but not the most entertaining. It is small so you can be in and out in under an hour. I wouldn't recommend it if you had to pay so it's worth a visit since admission is free. There was an antique store in Anchorage that had a better variety than this museum.

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Long Island City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We had been here on our last trip to Anchorage and liked to so much we stopped in again. Free, open M-F, 12-4. When we visited, the museum manager graciously showed us the hunting tools he was working on, and explained how they can be dated from earliest to latest. Beautifully fashioned. Also, showed us a huge (9 foot long)... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Worth a détour as it is small, free and it has a few great pieces of Alaskan native art and a bit of information about native lifestyle.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Although the posted hours are restrictive, you can call, leave a message, and the staff might just call to say they're open right now. We were lucky enough to have this happen, and being the only guests at the time, we got a very private tour of the museum highlights, as well as a back room tour where the old... More 

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