August 28, 2014
The Alaska State Museum in Juneau opens a new, 118,000-square-foot facility in 2016. Before then, more than 32,000 art and history objects need to be assessed, packed, relocated, unpacked and re-housed. All with their fur, paint and feathers intact.
This year the Anchorage Museum provided six weeks of staff time from six different employees to help the Alaska State Museum prepare for the complex move. Anchorage Museum staff offered conservation expertise and elbow grease, doing everything from cleaning taxidermy mounts to performing pesticide analysis.
The partnership aligns with the Anchorage Museum’s objective to help preserve Alaska’s cultural heritage, wherever it may be found. This staff exchange project was funded in part by an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant.