The Anchorage Museum collection highlights the environment, people and cultures of the Circumpolar North. The collection has grown since the Museum’s founding in 1968 to span over 26,000 objects and over 700,000 photographs and archives. The collection serves as a focal point for honoring the stories and legacies of these works for the public and for future generations—connecting people, building relationships and common understanding.
The Museum's collections can be divided into four areas, all concentrating on Alaska and the Circumpolar North: historical photographs; art; cultural and historical heritage items; and library resources.
The historical photographs consist of images from the late 19th century through the recent past. The art collection represents a survey of visual arts in Alaska from the 18th century to the present, with important work by Alaska artists and a strong collection of contemporary Alaska Native art. The largest component of the material culture collections are objects of daily life of Athabascan, Inupiaq, Yup’ik, St. Lawrence Island Yupik, Sugpiaq, Unangan, Tlingit, Tsimshian, and Haida peoples. The Museum's historical object collection represents a survey of state and local history from the Russian-American period to the present. The library resources includes books, maps, auction catalogs, periodicals, Alaska Artist files, and subject vertical files that include a variety of ephemera related to Alaska
The growth of the collection is focused on material culture and works that help tell the story of the environment, people and cultures of Alaska and the Circumpolar North, and that will inform conversations and ideas about the North and its future.
ACCESS, STEWARDSHIP + PUBLIC TRUST
The Anchorage Museum stewards the collection, centering focus on access and preservation for the public. Research and access are encouraged and welcome. We are happy to host visitors, researchers, artists, scientists and interested members of the public to view the collections, and to contact us with inquiries and questions.
For questions about the Museum's collection, feel free to call (907) 929-9235 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Anchorage Museum has a rolling, open call for members of the public to participate in the Museum’s Acquisitions Committee.
The Anchorage Museum can provide print and digital image files of works from the museum's collection on request.