Points of View: Perseverance

Perseverance, an unconventional conceptual installation curated by artist Sonya Kelliher-Combs, is a personal exploration of the transformative power of utilitarian objects.


Video installation by Finnish Sami photographer Marja Helander playfully illustrates the contrast between modern culture and Sami heritage.


Using off-the-shelf technology to deliver content is a new strategy for the museum. Its accessibility is what makes it exciting to museum curators. This project serves as an entry point for conversation, meditation, exploration, education and awareness of the Arctic.


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.