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The Alaska Native Medical Center

4000 Ambassador Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508 (Downtown)
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Ranked #18 of 56 activities in Anchorage
Type: History Museums
Most recent review
- Apr 1, 2014
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Located in a hospital gift shop run by all volunteers, all profits to charity. Wonderful selection of fine items and art worthy local crafts. Whalebone and walrus tusk carvings, scrimshaw, Indian totems and masks. Can't compare pricing, but the cause behind the shop is worth a 15 minute ride from downtown to visit. They don't advertise and had never heard... More

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Palm Harbor, FL
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133 reviews 133 reviews
36 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

A local native carver told us about this place. The gift shop is a non-profit that sells native arts and crafts for less than you will find elsewhere. The take cash only and are only open about 4-5 hours in the middle of the day but the selection of items was vast and the workmanship very good. And you are... More

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Chevy Chase
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7 reviews 7 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

You simply must go here if you want to see beautiful native art, fantastically well displayed. Also, you can buy exquisite carvings for very reasonable prices and know that the artists and their communities are compensated for the work. Nothing comparable in quality and value elsewhere. This was my favorite place on our Alaska trip.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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126 reviews 126 reviews
17 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Museum quality Alaskan arts & crafts are the highlight of a visit to the ANMC. The visit is free during regular visitor hours. I take the elevator to the 5th floor and then take the stairs down to view the displays in each lobby. There's also a coffee shop, lounges in the lobbies of each floor to relax (see the... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

My parents, both worked for IHS, so my visit here was highly anticipated for several reasons. We were very impressed by the beauty and size of the center. Also, inside was a Native art shop, which has beautiful arts and crafts from local artists and craftsmen, women. Thoroughly enjoyed the visit and will go back when in town.

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Miami, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

This great art collection and gift shop is a hidden gem. The art and crafts in the collection are beautifully and professionally displayed and everything is well labeled. The gift shop has many wonderful, original pieces including art, jewelry, and clothing. The gift shop volunteer was delightfully knowledgeable and friendly. She knew the details of all of the many things... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

The gift shop at the Alaska Native Medical Center has a wide selection of stone, ivory, and wood carved animal, bird and figurative sculptures, jewelry, masks, dancing sticks and ceremonial objects. The quality and price is much better than any of the shops downtown. The gift shop, run by the Medical Center's Woman's Auxiliary purchases items directly from the craftspersons.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

Lake Otis & Diplomacy area of ANMC and ANTHC is a great business sight, the buildings and the accomodations to access the buildings is easy and wonderful art & drive of better health!!

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42 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

First, if you are Alaska Native and don't get your healthcare here then you should. Second, if you are not, and want real Alaska Native art this is the place. It is cash only- and they take checks, but this is the place to go

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Wasilla, Alaska
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4 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

It was Christmas time, the hospital was festively decorated. The place was very busy but the staff took time to answer questions. Gorgeous views. If you have to be in the hospital, this would be a good place to be.

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