June 02, 2015
Over the summer we welcome nearly 100,000 visitors to the Anchorage Museum, and our doors are open seven days a week with extended hours on Fridays. It’s a time when we are interested in conveying the many voices of the North, both historical and contemporary, and in offering a range of programs for families, travelers, and locals.
With school out, we offer summer camps, and our Smithsonian Spark!Lab is open within the Discovery Center — a place for exploration and experimentation. We have programs on our lawn each Tuesday, featuring music and other activities, and our Muse patio is a great place to dine on summer days and evenings when you’re looking for a place to relax outdoors.
It’s also a time when we welcome artist researchers who are continuing their Arctic investigations as part of Polar Lab, including Nina Elder from Santa Fe, John Grade from Seattle, Marek Ranis from North Carolina, and Joan Kane from Alaska.
Our new series, Curated Conversations, led by Sonya Kelliher-Combs, brings together multiple voices and perspectives for discussions around food security, self-determination, commodification of culture, and other issues relevant to Alaska and northern communities.
Our exhibitions explore topics from the legacy of Captain Cook to sea ice, baseball, and the growth of Anchorage. On Friday nights it’s urban cool, with music, performances, special tours, talks and planetarium shows —with Muse open for food and drinks. Summer is for Alaskans as well as visitors. Our doors are open, rain or shine