Alaska is not just a pretty face, the state also has some depth with rich history and culture.
1. The Alaska State Museum, Juneau
Starting way back in the 1900’s, this museum was meant to collect and preserve artifacts for the District of Alaska. The Alaska State Museum opened to the public in 1920 and added on to their collection, developed research, and tour guide programs. The most impressive part of this collection is the 15,000 objects from Native Alaskans. The general admission during winter is $7 and $12 during summer.
2. Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
Anchorage Museum is Alaska’s largest museum with loads of history about Natives and the state through art, design, science and culture. Positioned in the North, it is a perfect spot for the Polar Lab, where research thrives. Current exhibits include Rarefied Light, Terra Installation, The Power of Energy, and a few others worth checking out. The price of admission is $18 and $9 for children, but free the first Fridays of the month from 6 to 9 pm.
3. The Pratt Museum, Homer
The Pratt Museum has indoor exhibits that focus on art, history, native cultures, and marine ecology and outdoor exhibits that allows you to see Alaskan wildlife. Surrounding the museum is a beautiful botanical garden of over 150 species that are alone worth the visit. If that isn’t enough, the museum also has an outdoor amphitheater that hosts summer concerts. Adults are $10 to enter and kids 6 and under and free.
4. University of Alaska Museum of the North
Being part of the the state university, the Museum of the North is the only research and teaching museum in Alaska. You can learn about over 1.5 million different artifacts in the categories archaeology, birds, documentary film, earth sciences, ethnology/history, fine arts, fishes/marine invertebrates, insects, mammals, and plants. This museum also features a movie theatre inside with $5 movies and $14 for general admission.
5. Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum
Located on the world’s largest seaplane base, the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum is an impressive sight to see for aviation lovers and history lovers alike. There are 4 hangars to explore with vintage aircraft, restoration of vintage aircraft, control towers, and flight simulators. Ticket prices are $15 per person and $8 per kid, but the museum also has a special family deal of $40 for up to 2 adults and 3 kids.