Discovery Center Science Demonstrations

10/1/2015 - 12/31/2015

Times vary

Evening for Educators: Van Gogh Alive


5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8

Voices from Cedar: Carved Whistles and Rattles of Southeast Alaska

10/8/2015 - 10/9/2015

1 to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 8-9

Exploring New Horizons

10/1/2015 - 10/31/2015

4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday

Living in the Age of Airplanes

10/1/2015 - 10/31/2015

5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday

Van Gogh Alive Member Preview


6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8

Thu, Oct 08, 2015

OPEN 10 a.m.‑6 p.m.

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Polar Lab


Today's artists, scientists, explorers and inhabitants are questioning the future of the landscape.

Enter the Lab

Urban Interventions: Tupik Mi


Facial and hand tattooing was common throughout the Arctic until the turn of the 20th century, before contact with missionaries whose influence discouraged the practice. A small but growing number of indigenous people from Greenland to Alaska have begun  to re-evaluate traditional tattooing as a method for healing identity and reclaiming history.

Out of the Box


Out of the Box is a multi-artist performance series presenting indigenous perspectives on the legacies of Captain Cook’s voyages.

Da-ka-xeen Mehner's Intervention


“Culture is not something that’s frozen. It’s something that’s moving and living,” says Mehner. When this understanding can be incorporated into the exhibition space as this museum intervention does, collaboration replaces the univocal power to authorize history.


The Anchorage Museum brings Indigenous artists to the Arctic Circle Assembly in Iceland


As the Arctic increasingly enters the spotlight of global, political, scientific, and economic activity and innovation, artists across the Circumpolar North are reimagining the “North” as vital, connected and rich in identity. A group of Alaska Native artists working with the Anchorage Museum will share their vision with global leaders at the 2015 Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland, this October.

Material Traditions: Voices from Cedar


Whistles, rattles, and clappers summon spirits and echo their voices during the dances and ceremonies of the indigenous peoples of Southeast Alaska. Carved from red or yellow cedar, these traditional instruments blend distinctive musical sounds with complex forms.

Recent Acquisitions

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This exhibition offers the chance to view some of the newest additions to the museum’s extensive collection. It includes more than 100 of the acquisitions ranging from art, objects and archival materials.

Animal Science: Turtles in Discovery Center


The museum's living collection within the Discovery Center frequently changes — to keep diversity within our science education offerings and to properly care for resident reptiles or sea life that outgrow their habitats.

Live stream of Curated Conversations: Edges


Tune in live, noon to 1:30 p.m. Alaska Time, Friday, Sept. 4

Panelists Edgar Heap of Birds, Princess Lucaj Johnson, Aaron Leggett and others discuss the different edges around the legacies of Captain Cook and other "explorers" who claimed and renamed places with a long history of use by indigenous people.

Van Gogh Alive — The Experience

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Vincent Van Gogh’s works have been displayed and enjoyed around the world for more than a century — but never like this.