May 29, 2015
His Majesty King Harald V of Norway visited the Anchorage Museum and opened the exhibition Polar Night: Life and Light In the Dead of Night on Wednesday, May 27.
The King’s visit to Alaska will focused on Arctic issues and industry and include meetings with the Norwegian American community.
“The Anchorage Museum is pleased to host King Harald of Norway and to have him open the exhibition ‘Polar Night,’ an example of many exchanges between Alaska and Norway,” said Julie Decker, director and CEO of the Anchorage Museum. “The Arctic countries share histories, cultures and many common interests about the future. Norway is our Northern neighbor and we embrace the connections.”
In the Polar Night exhibition, on view May 27 through Sept. 7 at the Anchorage Museum, visitors step into the dark with a penlight and experience the wonder of polar night. The exhibition breaks open the myth that polar night, the period of continued winter darkness near the Earth’s poles, is a time of inactivity within the Arctic ecosystem. Visitors may learn how the darkness of high Arctic winter is full of life thanks to recent scientific studies in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard that reveal a thriving undersea ecosystem. This exhibition is organized in conjunction with the Tromsø University Museum.