Branding Anchorage

Welcome to Our North is an exploration of a “brand” for Anchorage that is based upon quality of life, inclusiveness, a distinct urban culture, resilient attitude and celebration of nature. It reflects people sharing the experience of the North.

Neighbors: Portraits by John Raymond Mireles

In 2017, Mireles photographed people of Anchorage in neighborhoods throughout the city. This exhibition includes images from that project.

The Art of Fandom

This all-ages exhibition explores the things people like in our mass and global culture through collectables, contemporary art and fandom sub-culture.


SLOW invites viewers to contemplate the pace and complexity of the lived experience through film and video.

Northern Life: Roots of Change

One hundred historical photographs from the museum’s collection highlighting life in the North.

Polar Bear Garden

Alaska and Russia are intimately connected by land and history but are also distant — separated by water, language, war and politics.


For the people who reside there, Alaska’s Arctic isn’t a curiosity, a wasteland or an untouched wilderness — it is home.

Conservation lab/visible storage

View behind-the-scenes work that conservators do, and learn about the new Alaska and Art of the North exhibitions opening Sept. 15, 2017 in this temporary visible storage and conservation lab.

Cabin Fever: The Devil is in the Details

The museum's Cabin Fever program is a way to explore, combat and celebrate our associations with winter. Cabin Fever takes the form of an exhibition in this iteration of our series, which presents non-narrative films as a single-channel installation.

Camouflage: In Plain Sight

Camouflage: In Plain Sight expands beyond the familiar associations of camouflage to explore how we work to be seen and unseen. Through the lenses of natural history, military history, art, design, technology, fashion and popular culture, Camouflage highlights the contrast between the functional and cultural.

Without Boundaries: Visual Conversations

Indigenous leaders, activists, artists and scholars address common misperceptions about the North, fostering critical commentary about these issues through the exhibition “Without Boundaries: Visual Conversations.”

61° Studio: Northern Design

Design works to establish a sense of place, sending a strong message of identity. The Anchorage Museum's 61° Studio program emphasizes the importance of design within communities.

Portraits of Place: The Arctic in Photographs

The predominant stereotype of the Arctic is that it is a place untouched. Portraits of Place breaks open the idea of a pristine landscape and replaces it with a North that is both inhabited and complex.

View From Up Here: The Arctic at the Center of the World

Interest in the Arctic has preoccupied explorers for hundreds of years, and that fascination with the North continues today. View From Up Here: The Arctic at the Center of the World is an international contemporary art exhibition that highlights contemporary investigations into the Arctic – through the perspective of artists.

Near the Bear

The name “Arctic” comes from a Greek word meaning “near the bear.” The Arctic region is in the northernmost part of Earth. This family-friendly exhibition explores the Arctic environment through art and science, with exploration into the Arctic for all ages.

Kill the Indian, Save the Man

Adaptation and resistance, exaggeration and lies, dreams and memories are recurring themes in Nicholas Galanin’s work. He draws upon a wide range of Indigenous technologies and global materials when exploring ideas through his art.

Stick and Puck

Approaching the world of hockey not simply through the lens of a fan, but rather as a cultural observer, Conti sees many of society's "norms" and expectations played out on rinks around the North and the U.S.

Unipkaaġusiksuġuvik (the place of the future/ancient)

This multimedia installation and two-month performance by Anchorage-based Iñupiaq artist Allison Warden takes the form of an Iñupiat ceremonial qargi. Warden’s version is a futuristic recreation of a ceremonial house, where she allows her audience to gently explore these spaces in a contemporary context.

Living Alaska: A Decade of Collecting Contemporary Art for Alaska Museums

Living Alaska shares the far-reaching impacts of the Rasmuson Art Acquisition Fund and a sample of the artwork it has preserved for the public. Curated by Sven Haakanson, Jr. and designed by the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, the exhibition contains 25 pieces loaned from 12 different museums.

Van Gogh Alive – The Experience

We're redefining the traditional museum experience. In fall 2015, we’ll display Vincent van Gogh’s masterpieces in larger-than-life proportions. Be prepared for a vibrant symphony of light, color and sound, combined and amplified to create an unforgettable multi-sensory experience

Florian Schulz: To the Arctic

Although the common perception of the Arctic is that it is a vast nothingness, Florian Schulz’s photographs reveal a world teeming with life amidst complex natural systems — systems that fuel our global economy and affect our health and environment.

Home Field Advantage: Baseball in the Far North

Baseball has been an important part of community life in Alaska for more than a century. Northern communities played the national pastime in spring, summer, fall and winter (ever see a baseball diamond on ice?). This exhibition of historic photographs, objects and memorabilia showcases the rich history of baseball in Anchorage and throughout Alaska.

Arctic Ambitions: Captain Cook and the Northwest Passage

Captain Cook came to Alaska to explore the continental coast in search of a long-sought Northwest Passage. Cook’s experience in the Arctic continues to resonate with the opening of a potential passage through the Arctic today, which, due to the effects of climate change and rapidly melting sea ice, is expected to become a navigable, commercially viable route by the 250th anniversary of Cook’s voyage in 2028.

A Man in the Shadows: Mariano Gonzales Solo Exhibition

Mariano Gonzales has a reputation for fearlessness. He is bold and experimental as artist, activist, and educator at the University of Alaska Anchorage where he chairs the art department.