BOB AND EVANGELINE ATWOOD ALASKA RESOURCE CENTER
The Bob and Evangeline Atwood Alaska Resource Center is the new, first floor home for the museum’s library and archives. The center welcomes scholars, journalists and students who want to research the museum’s collections, which include more than 500,000 historical photographs and 12,000 publications and maps. Read more
PAUL G. ALLEN FAMILY FOUNDATION READING ROOM
The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Reading Room is a quiet, comfortable area inside the Atwood Alaska Resource Center that provides students, scholars and the visiting public with desks and spaces to review historic documents, maps, texts and photographs from the museum’s library and archives.
The Anchorage Museum holds one of the most extensive collections of contemporary Alaska Native art in both traditional and non-traditional styles. This collection is featured through rotating exhibits in the new ConocoPhillips Gallery, which is on the west wing’s second floor next to the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center.
BRIAN E. DAVIES CHUGACH GALLERY
This temporary exhibitions gallery is named after Museum Building Committee Chair Brian E. Davies, who dedicated 12 years to the museum's expansion project. In this gallery, visitors can take in rotating exhibits as well as vistas of the Chugach Mountains.
GOTTSTEIN LEARNING CENTER
Named for Barney and Rachel Gottstein, this area in the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center gives visitors the chance to enjoy film footage about contemporary Alaska Native life and to pursue more information about the Smithsonian collection. Read more
ALASKA NATIVE REGIONAL CORPORATIONS’ LISTENING SPACE
This reflective space offers expansive views of the landscaped museum common and downtown. Visitors may sit on benches and listen to a 3-D sound art installation that immerses visitors in contemporary Alaska Native life through storytellers and nature sounds recorded in Alaska.
This space is jointly named through the generosity of these corporations: Ahtna, Incorporated; The Aleut Corporation; Arctic Slope Regional Corporation; Bering Straits Native Corporation; Bristol Bay Native Corporation; Calista Corporation; Chugach Alaska Corporation; Cook Inlet Region, Incorporated; Doyon, Limited; Koniag, Incorporated; NANA Regional Corporation; and Sealaska Corporation. Read more
GILLAM ARCHEOLOGY LABORATORY
Named for Robert B. Gillam and his family foundation, this laboratory within the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center provides a venue for study of artifacts and environmental data from archeological sites across Alaska. Read more
CATHERINE B. REYNOLDS FOUNDATION ACTIVITY ROOM
Located near the Imaginarium Discovery Center in the museum’s east wing, this classroom hosts a wide variety of education activities and programs for children, families and adults. This classroom is named after entrepreneur Catherine B. Reynolds.
BP KINETIC SPACE
Named for BP Exploration Alaska, this physics gallery in the Imaginarium Discovery Center features exhibits that explore principles of energy, force and motion. Exhibits include an air cannon, a levers-and-pulleys hoist chair and an aurora-in-a-box. Read more
Named for Totem Ocean Trailer Express, this is an inquiry-based gallery in the Imaginarium Discovery Center. Since it’s specifically designed for infants and children through age 5, everything can be touched. Children and parents can explore art, history and science through play. Read more
Named for Lowell Thomas, Jr. and his wife Mary Taylor (Tay), visitors can journey to the stars. The 48-seat Thomas Planetarium is used for a wide variety of films and education programs about astronomy, the Earth’s atmosphere and the solar system.
Named for Leah J. Peterson, a longtime Alaska educator, Leah’s Corner is a comfortable space for reflection and reading within TOTE Kidspace. The corner features seating and a variety of Alaska-themed books for children.
JL PROPERTIES PROMENADE
The JL Properties Promenade serves as the museum’s front porch, providing an open space for outdoor performances, exhibits, festivals and demonstrations. The ice-free promenade welcomes visitors approaching the museum from Sixth and Seventh avenues.
Named for sisters Lile Gibbons and Judy Rasmuson, this large area at the museum’s new entrance provides summer space for picnics, outdoor performances, exhibits and festivals, as well as space for outdoor recreation for families and visitors.
RICHARD AND EUNICE SILBERER ALLÉE
Named for Richard and Eunice Silberer, longtime patrons of the Anchorage Museum, this diagonal path connects Sixth Avenue and the museum’s main entrance. Thousands of visitors stroll by the allee’s flowering trees to reach the museum’s front door each year.