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Wells Fargo History Museum

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Address: 301 W Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99503-2652
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Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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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Nice free display of Native Alaska art and other artifacts.

This is a nice small exhibit. It is free so take 15 minutes to see some really interesting well perserved pieces of Alaska. I believe this exhibit was part of the Rasmussen... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
DAN S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a nice small exhibit. It is free so take 15 minutes to see some really interesting well perserved pieces of Alaska. I believe this exhibit was part of the Rasmussen collection that Wells Fargo aquired when Nation Bank of Alaska was assumed. Which makes sense as Wells Fargo is a terrible financial institution that over charges and decieves... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This little museum is not well know, but is a must stop for those interested in Alaska history and culture. Never crowded and staffed by a friendly knowledgable curator, you won't be disappointed by a visit --but check first to be sure it is open before you go there.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

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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Seattle
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016 via mobile

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

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

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).

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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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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 

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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.

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