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Oct. 8 Free Day at the Museum: Indigenous Peoples’ Day

In recognition of the upcoming Indigenous Peoples' Day, which celebrates and honors Alaska Native and Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures, the museum offers free admission on Friday, Oct. 8. We thank the Dena’ina people for the past, present and future stewardship of land, place and people. Free admission made possible by Alaska Airlines. Note: Because of the museum’s winter schedule, the museum will be closed Monday, Oct. 11, when Indigenous Peoples’ Day is recognized nationwide.

Polar Nights: Free First Friday After Hours Begins in October

Enjoy free admission 6-9 p.m. First Fridays, October through April. Roam galleries, socialize or enjoy spaces in solitude. Special programming may include films, live or recorded music, games, topical curated conversations and more. Visit our calendar for details each month.

$5 Third Thursdays RETURN OCT. 7

Visit the museum for $5 on the third Thursday of the month October through April.

Design Week: Oct. 1-9, 2021

Anchorage Design Week brings together creative minds, promotes and provokes design, embraces collaboration, and imagines the future of our city and the landscapes of Northern regions. The series of events features faces and phenomena in design and highlights both local and international conversations. Events are for both design professionals and the public. The 2021 theme for Design Week is Land Marks. The forum will examine ways we communicate and how we call for change, as well as ways we connect to, acknowledge, map, impact, and share the land. Join us for a hybrid of virtual and in-person experiences. Anchorage Design Week is a project of the Anchorage Museum in collaboration with the Alaska Design Forum and AIGA Alaska.

Register for Museum Activity Boxes

Bring home an activity box that offers hours of hands-on and virtual learning activities for toddlers, youth and adults with the Anchorage Museum’s Activity Boxes. This portable kit, curated by museum educators, is full of materials, ideas and resources for learning and discovery. September’s water-themed box includes a stream exploration activity developed with community partner US Fish and Wildlife Service. These community-supported education activity boxes are perfect for busy and homeschooling parents, afterschool groups, early learning facilities and adult community groups and individuals. Each box includes directions to give you quick-start guidelines and ideas for how to use your box. Select a customized box for toddlers, youth or adults and register by Sept. 20.

In the News


Alaska Public Media: State of Art: Anchorage Museum program aims to empower teens to address climate change

THE WASHINGTON POST: In an age of worsening fires and floods, museums are reinventing themselves — and their mechanical rooms

Anchorage Daily News: This Alaska art was made to be heard - not seen


JULY 2021

KNBA: For Gwich'in artist Colleen Firmin Thomas, abstract painting helps 'to process the world'

The Eye of Photography: We, Women: The Power of We


JUNE 2021

Forum Magazine: Anchorage Museum exhibition offers a transcendent vision of "Women of the North"

Anchorage Daily News: ‘It makes my heart happy’: Downtown Anchorage outdoor concert series kicks off under sunny skies

KTUU (NBC Affiliate): Roundtable event discusses identity, solidarity with LGBTQIA+, black communities


MAY 2021

OCG NEWS: DeKalb County residents featured in Anchorage Museum’s “Black Lives in Alaska” exhibit

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Why now is the best time to see Alaska, before all the crowds and cruises return

ALASKA PUBLIC MEDIA: ‘Thankful for everything they’ve done’: Anchorage students turn health workers’ selfies into art


APRIL 2021

Condé Nast Traveler: Where to Eat, Stay, and Play in Anchorage

Discovery Magazine: What is Time?

Anchorage Daily News: Community Collaboration Enriches A New View Of Black Life In Alaska


MARCH 2021

Anchorage Daily News: Annual showcase of Anchorage student art goes on — projected onto buildings

Alaska Public Media: Alaska Insight: Recognizing women’s contributions in Alaska

NYT Cooking: Stop and Make This Rice Pudding