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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
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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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Great Museum!!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Douglas, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently visited the museum while on vacation in Alaska. We loved the array of historical artifacts and were particularly impressed by the gold mining display and the canoe. We also loved all of the documents pertaining to banking over the years. Very neat display and worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a very remarkable collection with expert notations collected by the bank and still growing. Banks were quite attracted to the north as the Gold Rush days required their services. The collection in downtown Anchorage is one of a few and it is a jewel.

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is quite rare to find a museum where they are happy to take the glass off the displays to let you handle the items, but this one does. There is a really good range of Alaskan history items, and some very interesting facts on plaques not seen (or noticed) at the Anchorage museum. There were two guys in museum... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in and obtained history of Alaskan heritage. Staff had Walrus gut he let me feel. The collection of native baskets, carved tusk, and parkas were beautiful.

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Andover, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Staff was wonderfully informative and spoke with our teenage son a lot. Very engaging. The museum is small but very interesting and representative of the area. Wells Fargo as a few of these types of Museums throughout their facilities in US. Doesn't take long to go through but it is interesting!

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had visited the Wells Fargo Museum in San Francisco and enjoyed it so we thought we would visit this one. It has ample free parking and is free. In addition it is a fine museum for anyone interested in Native Alaskan cultural and physical anthropology and artifacts. The knowledgeable person on duty was eager to answer questions and provided... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Great Museum of Alaskan artifacts with historical descriptions. Not large. Traditional displays, different than the Anchorage Museum. Free, very much worth a stop with convenient free parking at the Wells Fargo building. Posted hours were 12 noon to 4 pm; however, I called at 9 am and the curator replied to call ahead and that we were welcome at almost... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

When we arrived around 9am we were dismayed to see that it didn't open until noon. The security guard noticed us and came to the door and let us in which we really appreciated. We enjoyed the museum very much, though small it was very complete and there is no charge to enter. There was a curator on site and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016 via mobile

This Museum was awesome . Tom the head of the museum was very informative about the Indians and how he obtained the items for the display. Many things to be seen here he showed us original map from Captain Cook interacting with my eight year old son who was interested in the Tlingit Indian tribe after doing a report on... More 

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