August 21, 2014
The Anchorage Museum has been named an official Smithsonian Affiliate. The designation formally acknowledges the museum’s longtime partnership with the Smithsonian Institution and increases opportunities for collaboration. The Anchorage Museum is the first Smithsonian Affiliate in Alaska.
“We look forward to new opportunities to work with the Smithsonian’s unparalleled staff, collection and scholarship,” said Julie Decker, Anchorage Museum director. “We are looking for additional ways to collaborate with the Smithsonian and its affiliates nationwide on education opportunities, shared exhibitions, artifact loans and more.”
The Anchorage Museum has a long history of partnership with the Smithsonian. In 1994, the museum worked with the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center to open an Anchorage office. In 2010, the museum debuted a world-class exhibition of 600 Alaska Native artifacts on long-term loan from the Smithsonian Institution.
“We are delighted to welcome the Anchorage Museum into our Smithsonian partnership program,” says Harold A. Closter, director of Smithsonian Affiliations. “We look forward to engaging the Anchorage Museum even more, sharing resources and educational collaborations which highlight the important work of both of our organizations and developing new avenues of understanding our history and culture.”