Museums in Anchorage aren’t hard to come by, and each one is certainly unique in its own right. Located downtown, the Anchorage Museum is Alaska’s largest world-class venue for art, history and cultures of Alaska. Its 20,000-plus piece collection spans Native works as well as Alaska’s industrial, recreational and military history. The Anchorage Museum also features year-round public programs, art classes, live music, a museum shop and The Marx Bros. Café.

The Alaska Native Heritage Center, a few miles north of downtown, offers a rich and thrilling look into Alaska's eleven indigenous groups. Not just a museum, the Heritage Center provides workshops, demonstrations and guided tours to locals and visitors on past and present Native traditions. Its mission: “Sharing, perpetuating and preserving the unique Alaska Native cultures, languages, traditions and values through celebration and education."

Other museums of note include the Imaginarium, a hands-on science center and planetarium for children and families; the Oscar Anderson House Museum, highlighting early Anchorage history; and the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, which chronicles Alaska’s deep-rooted history in aviation.  The Russian Orthodox Museum is free and features exhibits showing the culture of 'Russian America' both past and present.

Looking for more Anchorage museums? Check out Anchorage.net’s page on all museums and cultural centers in Alaska.