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“Go Here First....” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Anchorage Alaska Public Lands Information Center

Anchorage Alaska Public Lands Information Center
605 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501 (Downtown)
907-271-2737
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Ranked #9 of 87 Attractions in Anchorage
Type: Educational Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Learn about Alaska's wildlife and wilderness through a scavenger hunt for children.
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66 reviews 66 reviews
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“Go Here First....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

If you want alot of cheesy marketing junk, go elsewhere. This place is great in its simplicity and wealth of information in one small place. Great older fashioned touch and feels stuff (different pelts, antlers, etc.) with quaint TV style info booths (Note to Center: the video on some of those is poor). On the other hand, they have two huge screens with touch intelligence to map the whole state and all of the various aspects and touring options.....very high tech. A small but GOOD selection of guides, maps, books, DVDs and some intelligent gifty stuff- no junk.

The small theater is good, especially the HD video of Danali and the gold rush, with 30 minute "shows" on various topics thruout the day. Not sure of the quality of the others, but as they are free you can come and go as you wish. Schedule is posted at the entrance on an e-board

The reason to go here first is that you get a good snapshot of everything, without any hype and the staff are friendly despite the volume of tourists they surely go through.

Visited September 2012
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“Sad, weak, and very dated...thank goodness it was FREE”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

A long lay-over on our way home, left us with a lot of time to burn. So we headed downtown to look around. We saw the federal building and its Public Lands Information Center. So after having to go through basically a TSA screening, metal detector and presentation of an ID, we were allowed to enter. The material presented was old and dated, the animal mounts were interesting, but the films were circa 1970. Almost aggravated that I had to present ID, (but not when voting) is absurd. I would have demanded a refund if there had been an admission fee...oh, wait a minute, I already paid for this #@*%. Sorry for the rant but don't waste your time here!

Visited September 2012
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Warren, Indiana
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“Loved the Animal Displays!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

We visited this attraction after our 3 days in Denali. So, needless to say, we loved the taxidermy that was displayed as it helped us see up close what we viewed from afar.
They had movies every hour, and we would have watched the movie but had already seen it at Denali.
What a wonderful place to learn about Alaska and it's wildlife! They have great programs and tours, though we were unable to attend due to time constraints. The programs are posted out front and inside as you enter.
Many nice gifts for kids, especially books, can be purchased there.
It is part of the federal building so they do search bags.

Visited September 2012
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Vancouver, BC
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“Take a Guided Tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

The center has a small display area and also a theatre where they show short films and have lectures. We saw two films, went to a "Northern Lights" lecture and we took a walking tour with a ranger which talked about the history of Alaska and in particular the connections with the famous explorer Captain Cook, Joe, the ranger giving the tour, did a great job. All of these things were provided free of charge. In these days of government cutbacks it is a pleasant surprise to be able to take advantage of services like this one. Well worth a visit.

Visited August 2012
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“Excellent starting point for an Alaska trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

Excellent presentations and movies all day long. Quality book store and informed rangers who give accurate advice. You can buy your Alaska stafe park pass here - cash only for the pass.

Visited July 2012
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