Building a Better Future
July 01, 2016
This summer sees the museum getting in shape. If you look at the northeast corner of the building, you will see the museum going vertical. Construction of the museum’s new wing for art of the North galleries is advancing and taking form. Pardon our dust in the Discovery Center and along our outside perimeter as we grow for the future and future generations. The expansion will also add space to the Discovery Center and will offer dedicated space for the museum’s art collection with plans for more than 200 works of art to be on view for the public.
This project schedule aligns with work on the new Alaska gallery which is closed for renovation. Both spaces are scheduled to open in September 2017. The Alaska gallery will showcase the ingenuity, technology, ways of knowing and intimate understanding of the landscape that has allowed people to survive and thrive across the North. The Alaska gallery experience will include immersive installations with elements of sculpture, video and interactivity, soundscapes, moving images and cinematic narratives with participative moments throughout. Visitors will be engaged directly and encouraged to play, explore and learn by doing.