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Wells Fargo History Museum

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Address: 301 W Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99503-2652
Phone Number: 19072652834
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Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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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We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this Museum. It is very well displayed. The Curator, Tom was very helpful and a pleasure to talk to. I particularly liked the ivory carvings... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this Museum. It is very well displayed. The Curator, Tom was very helpful and a pleasure to talk to. I particularly liked the ivory carvings and reading about their origins/purpose. The two-thirds scale Stagecoach just outside the entrance is quite impressive. I made sure we visited on a week day (between noon and 4pm)... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of cool stuff like carvings made from whale tusks .......... Easy location and good parking off the main road

Thank Kory H
Tel Aviv
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Getting here without a car is a bit of a pain, but public transport from downtown is serviceable. The admission cost can't be beat, and the collection is interesting. In addition to the usual gold rush and First Nations artifacts, the museum tells the story of modern banking in Alaska (and the eventual merger into Wells Fargo).

Thank MaxTLV
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

A great collection of native artifacts!! Very informative and free! There's a huge mammoth's tusk and a collection of money used in Alaska back in the day. You won't regret going!!

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Portland, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

This one was a surprise. It is small but very interesting, with an excellent collection of Alaskan artifacts. It's relatively easy to get to, has free parking, and is free. It's in the Wells Fargo bank and doesn't seem to be highly publicized. It's a hidden gem, that's for sure.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

Wonderful collection of Alaskan Native artifacts and art including historical items and data. A relaxing outing on one of those rainy days in Anchorage. Great for families and art buffs.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

There is a Dale Chilhuly glass piece in the lobby that is beautiful. The museum is packed with artifacts and historical information that is accurate and highly pleasing. It is small and won't take long to view but it is well worth the effort. Also, the parking at the Wells Fargo building is never full and makes the museum easy... More 

1 Thank isaw500
Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016

but could be refreshed. Dusty, crooked labels, and so on. This is not something I'd go out of my way for, but if you're in the bank anyway it's definitely worth a look.

Thank Roycal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016 via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised by the variety and easy accessibility of the artifacts. The artifacts Aide was very pleasant and forthcoming with assistance and information. This is a place that warrants time to read the presented documents. It was easy to read the clearly presented captions. I liked the combination of the Alaska Native American Heritage Center, The Alaskan Museum... More 

Thank Wendymrec
Douglas, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Very well laid out. Very informative, with attentive, polite staff. Artifacts from various Alaskan cultures. A good way to learn about history and development of this beautiful state. Explains diverse cultures with sensitivity and intelligence. Small in size, but BIG in content and quality.

1 Thank Frank_from_Georgia

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