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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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A collection of cultural anthropology objects, paintings, maps, rare books,...

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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Great Free small museum, better for adults

Can spend time reading many notes on the various historical displays, some very very old, gives you time in the quiet at the first level of the Wells Fargo bank, found it by... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 11, 2015
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Anchorage, Alaska
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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Can spend time reading many notes on the various historical displays, some very very old, gives you time in the quiet at the first level of the Wells Fargo bank, found it by accident, well worth it and have brought visitors to this museum when they did not have a lot of time but gave a good overview

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Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

This little museum has a few really nice things and is worth a look, especially since it's free. It is closed on Mondays (like lots of museums, but is in a good location with good parking in mid-town at C and Northern Lights.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

The museum is small, but there is a lot to see. I particularly enjoyed the ivory and bone carvings. My husband enjoyed browsing in the library. They have an extensive collection of books and magazines that you can read. Professionals can make arrangements to check some out to take home. The curator we talked with was especially patient and gave... More 

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Fairfax County, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

While this W.F. Museum is on the web and is advertised the personnel present were surprised to know that we had viewed some information on this establishment on the internet. This is a well kept secret if people don't look it up on the web. Should be on visitors' agendas. Plenty of historical information and data in the library on... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

This museum is housed in the Wells Fargo building in Anchorage and is free to enter. there are some lovely carved pieces, plus clothing exhibits and paintings. Also on show is the 46oz gold nugget found in 1963. The main part of the museum is in one large room, but there is some beautiful scrimshaw opposite in the actual bank.... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

This is an unbelievable display of Alaskan cultural items. If you want a place to view and absorb the Alkaskan culture and history this is your place. Opens after 12 daily.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

Located inside the WellsFargo MidTown branch building, this is a cute little museum that packs a lot of punch! Well worth a brief 30-45 minute stop.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 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 12, 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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