Discover the real story of the North at this sprawling museum featuring permanent galleries, traveling exhibits and special events year-round. See how Alaska as we know it came to be in a multi-tiered story steeped in cultural, historic, social, scientific and artistic threads. Here, visitors experience special features like the I Am Inuit exhibit (through September 17) and the Polar Bear Garden exhibit (through October 22).

Permanent exhibits include a variety of public art from local creatives, the Alaska Native Cultures exhibit, the Alaska Gallery, Spark!Lab, and the Imaginarium Discovery Center. Bring the little ones to Spark!Lab for a creative, hands-on approach to learning about Anchorage and Alaska’s history.

Get Wild at the Museum

From classes and workshops open to the public to educator programs, adult classes and teen groups, you can also dig deeper at this local institution. The museum also offers spaces to rent for conferences and groups, a fantastic option for business travelers charged with event planning.

Keep an eye on the calendar for upcoming events, or visit the museum Tuesday – Saturday from 10 – 6. Admission is just $15 for out-of-state adults, a steal to see the biggest museum in Alaska. The Planetarium and Muse Shop and Café are also on site. Slip into the Thomas Planetarium for a 3-D journey within the dome, and learn more about the solar system while staying in the heart of where the northern lights shine.