This 15,000-square-foot gallery is devoted to Alaska’s history. The Alaska Gallery displays more than 1,000 objects and is one of the finest presentations of Alaskan history and ethnology in the state. Full-scale and miniature dioramas provide a look at the early lifestyles of Alaska’s Native peoples. Other gallery topics include exploration and settlement by the Russians, the gold rush era, World War II and statehood.
Untitled, Mt. McKinley
Sydney M. Laurence
Art of the North
The museum’s permanent art collection represents the best of Alaska art and art from the circumpolar North. Seven galleries on the museum’s ground floor are devoted to this collection. Offerings include large-scale landscape paintings, drawings from early European expeditions to Alaska, works by contemporary Alaska artists, and an entire gallery of paintings by Sydney Laurence, Alaska’s best known artist.
Imaginarium Discovery Center
In these hands-on science galleries, visitors of all ages can explore earth, life and physical science. This 9,000-square-foot center houses a planetarium and more than 80 exhibits that put scientific concepts into an Alaska context. Visitors can use an infrared camera, climb inside a bubble, touch a sea star and much more.
Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center
In the first arrangement of its kind, the Smithsonian Institution loaned more than 600 Alaska Native artifacts to their place of origin. These cultural treasures are exhibited in the new Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center. Through contemporary images, video and audio, this exhibition places masterworks of the past into the context of people’s lives today.