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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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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 collection of Alaskan artifacts and native art and history

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Anchorage, Alaska
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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

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Douglas, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks 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 July 16, 2016

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

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 July 12, 2016 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 July 6, 2016

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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