The Anchorage Museum brings the best of the world to Alaska, and the best of Alaska to the world. The largest museum in Alaska offers 10,000 years of Alaska history starting with a mammoth tusk and ending with the present day. Art galleries showcase Alaska's best artists. The new Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center, Imaginarium Discovery Center and Thomas Planetarium give families a hands-on, high-tech experience. During your visit, grab a bite to eat at the award-winning Muse restaurant and buy authentic Alaska Native art in the museum shop.
Museum member: Free
Ages 3 to 12: $7
Ages 2 and younger: Free ($2 suggested donation)
Mid-Sept through mid-May
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday
Open until 9 p.m. Thursday
Mid-May through mid-Sept
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day
The youngest of kids will enjoy the main level hands-on science exhibits where you can play with bubbles, earthquake machines, pulleys & levers, and interact with a kluge. My kids loved the exhibit where they could record stop-motion animation and where they could jump and it would record them in slow motion for playback.
The artwork by Alaskan artists and the cultural exhibits. The sheer depth of exhibits was truly jaw-dropping in the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center.
Younger kids will want to stick to the science center and planetarium. Older visitors from out-of-state will want to wanter the other floors and exhibits. The restaurant "Muse" had very good food with kids options, although there was a wait.
Backpacks must be stored in a locker.