Anchorage Museum
Anchorage Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Alaska's largest museum focusing on art, history, science and culture of Alaska.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Barry R
    Lake Worth, Florida49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    World class museum, not to be missed
    I wasn't expecting a museum to be this interesting. Very enlightening displays of clothing and tools that showed how these hardy people survived the harsh conditions. Amazing photo gallery on 2nd floor by Bradford Washburn .Beautiful collection of oil paintings. Two to four hours very well spent.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 12, 2023
  • Jeff R
    Fort Collins, Colorado350 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great perspective on Alaska.
    Interesting balance of exhibits. The Native America exhibits were outstanding. Plan to spend time to absorb the information. Get to this museum when it opens, as the tour buses showed up mid day. A great way to get a feel for the history of Alaska, if you have a couple available hours.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 16, 2023
  • LAMMER13
    Rochester Hills, Michigan334 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent. A “must see” in Anchorage
    The floor with the Smithsonian exhibits was amazing. Native people’s artifacts have been repatriated to this museum. The displays are laid out by native peoples. Plan to spend a couple hours. Definitely worth the visit. Skip the top two floors. They were music and art type displays.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 19, 2023
  • Jose S
    Dallas, Texas33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit in Anchorage.
    Great place to learn more about Alaska’s history and experience great exhibitions. The Smithsonian center was really nice and gave me a bigger perspective of the native communities of Alaska. Highly recommended.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 23, 2023
  • suzmasson
    51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Delightful and educational and fun
    We didn't know what to expect. I was delighted with the variety of art that we saw. The fun art at the top made for some great social media posts for our teenagers! The audio exibits were fun and interesting. The photography exhibit about the early explorers to Denali were fascinating! The floor on the history of Alaska and native cultures was enlightening. We even enjoyed the kids' hands-on area, our teenagers creating a giant bubble around themselves. Even the restaurant was superb. It had an eclectic menu and I was able to find something to eat despite dietary restrictions. I highly recommend this museum for all ages.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Mamjensen
    Modesto, California623 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Nice Museum!
    We spent a couple of very pleasant hours in this museum while visiting Anchorage. They had a great exhibit on native Alaskan history which was on loan from the Smithsonian Institution. We also enjoyed the room with photos by Bradford Washburn as well as the art gallery. They had a great exhibit on Alaskan history. We could have spent more time here if we didn’t have a plane to catch!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Donald S
    Chicago, Illinois89 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Top Quality Art and History Museum
    Lots of museums in Alaska. This is where to go to see an exhibition of Alaskan Art and historic items displayed in the highest quality fashion you will find. The Smithsonian traveling exhibit was excellent, but no better than the permanent exhibits. The art work is highlighted with video stories to provide background.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Stephanie T
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Much more than just an art museum
    A really wonderful art museum that also beautifully captures Alaska's histry and impacts. Much more than just an art museum (but a fabulous collection). Well done modern exhibits of native cultures. HIgh recommend,
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 7, 2023
  • TarHeelTravelers3
    Raleigh, North Carolina26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit - something for everyone
    Great experience. Exceeded our expectations. Great historical information on Alaska and indigenous people but also great information on contemporary Alaska. Added to this was the art, which we really enjoyed. We expected to spend about 2 hours and actually spent 4. They even had hands on exhibits for younger patrons. So glad we went.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 11, 2023
  • Zurdar
    Honolulu, Hawaii20 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Educational and fun
    This museum was pretty interesting! Enjoyed every exhibit except for the one on the fourth floor… didn’t really get the point of sitting in the room with colorful lights and sounds playing… interactive parts of the museum were really fun. I think the star of the show was on the third level with neon colored bears and a beautiful piece on the wall of a bear as well. Sadly the planetarium was $6 extra and the museum is already $20 so we passed on that. We took almost 3 hours to take in all the exhibits. Highly recommend for everyone especially families. Informative and fun! You do have to pay for parking as for as my knowledge.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 13, 2023
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Kkoleary
Scottsdale, AZ778 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
There was a small but informative special exhibit put together by the Smithsonian that was interesting (but not worth the $20 entrance fee unless you have never seen anything similar). The video screens were the best part with several indigenous people expressing their hopes and actions to keep their heritage. Another special exhibit was Women of Power but I found this to be very uninspiring for the most part. It is mostly modern art so it is what you interpret from it. Last exhibit we saw was Blacks in Alaska but didn’t really have much more than just pictures. I would not really recommend anything but the Smithsonian portion.
Written August 31, 2021
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Aimee
14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
I didn't care much for the women's art exhibit, but that was just because my personal taste. I don't like "modern art" (not sure if this qualified for that but it was weird and not what I consider art). Example: There was a film of words and grunting (??). No idea what this was about.
HOWEVER, The Alaskan artifacts were EXCELLENT. I wish there had been more light as it was a little difficult to see in the room. They have diagrams and labels of each item in the display cases. This made it easy to identify the objects because some of them I had no idea about.
Overall it is worth the visit for these artifacts. Research parking before going, the lot to the side of it was very expensive and I found out later that there were much cheaper places to park right near by.

Written June 5, 2021
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Emma B
Guelph, Canada140 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
A great way to spend a couple of hours. The second floor was most interesting to us as it related specifically to Alaska. The other levels were good, but more of an art gallery exhibit from around the world. The Discovery area would be really fun and educational for kids (and curious grownups).
Lockers available for 25 cents…greatly appreciated for storing backpacks and jackets while enjoying the museum.
The building itself was quite exceptional.
Written September 3, 2022
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David
San Diego, CA52 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
We Expected more of a history museum. While this museum has some sections dedicated to the history of Alaska, mostly on the second floor, it also includes numerous exhibitions on varied topics. We spent a reasonably entertaining two hours here but it’s not among the best museums we’ve been at, especially at $40 dollars a couple.
Written August 7, 2022
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Divya B
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Wonderful museum in Anchorage downtown area, well worth a visit. One floor has Native American exhibits relating to their life in the Alaska regions prior to settlers. The other floors has wonderful art exhibits - paintings, 3-D art, and artifacts from the gold rush and early settler era. Student admission is $15 per person. Also an interesting gift shop
Written August 14, 2021
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Bellatako
Nashville, TN1,773 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
If you have the time in anchorage I would absolutely recommend going to the anchorage museum. It is a very well done museum focusing on local art and native history and culture. The building itself is gorgeous. Would absolutely go again. The current exhibit about in women is fabulous.
Written February 26, 2021
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Zurdar
Honolulu, HI20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
This museum was pretty interesting! Enjoyed every exhibit except for the one on the fourth floor… didn’t really get the point of sitting in the room with colorful lights and sounds playing… interactive parts of the museum were really fun. I think the star of the show was on the third level with neon colored bears and a beautiful piece on the wall of a bear as well. Sadly the planetarium was $6 extra and the museum is already $20 so we passed on that. We took almost 3 hours to take in all the exhibits. Highly recommend for everyone especially families. Informative and fun! You do have to pay for parking as for as my knowledge.
Written July 13, 2023
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Skibumdude
Vail, CO1,608 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
Definitely a place to visit if you’re interested in learning more about Alaska, it’s people, art and story. This museum was filled with so much it took us 3 hours to go through. Even then, we probably missed stuff.
Written April 24, 2021
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wander1
Atlanta, GA256 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This museum is much to large to visit in 1 go, so we focused only on the exhibits related to the lives of the native peoples. There are multiple artifacts of fishing, hunting and daily life. Most interesting to me was the clothing. With all the synthetic fabrics we have today, it's pretty wild to see a "raincoat" made out of seal intestines. There's a lot of ingenuity as well, like primitive sunglasses. The exhibits are well done and admission is not expensive ($20 for non-resident adults). We would love to go back and see more.
Written August 21, 2021
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timjstark
Milwaukee, WI687 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
On a rainy day in Anchorage, we tucked into this stunning museum for a short visit and should have set more time aside as it is filled with so much content. Moving down from the top floor (an interactive art installation), we gradually reached the incredible displays of Alaskan history whose easy to read descriptions gave us a sense of the grandeur of this place. The museum itself seems brand new and the common areas allow for a relaxing time to digest what you have just seen.
Written July 6, 2021
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