Alaska is a land of contrasts and extremes, a complex social and natural landscape that lends itself to myth and cliché. The new Alaska exhibition tells the story of Alaska through multiple voices and perspectives reflecting the ingenuity, technology, ways of knowing and intimate understanding of the landscape that have allowed people to survive and thrive across the North.


The exhibition is organized by 13 themes reflecting essential aspects of life in Alaska, both today and throughout the state’s rich history. These themes reveal the identity of Alaska and its people.

On view are more than 400 objects from the Anchorage Museum’s collections, including several acquired or on loan especially for this new exhibition.

Visitors will experience immersive installations throughout the exhibition with elements of sculpture, video and interactivity, soundscapes, moving images and cinematic narratives with participative moments.

The visitor journey follows an intuitive clockwise path that begins and ends at the same point. Visitors move forward in time, exploring themes and absorbing Alaska’s history as it relates to contemporary issues.

At the heart of the gallery is a central space featuring the people and stories of Alaska through a growing archive of biographies and images. The space is a gathering place and will host artists and performances, school groups, readings, storytelling and special events. Visitors may also explore a complementary gallery for temporary exhibitions related to Northern narratives, which opened this past May.

Together, these elements invite visitors to consider for themselves what Alaska really is: what is real, what is myth, and what lives in the space in between.

Interested in more Northern art and culture?

Art of the North Galleries - now on view, east wing level 3

Northern Life: Roots of Change - on view, atrium 





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Vision & Voice Lecture Series: Steven Johnson

7 p.m. Friday Dec. 8

Steven Johnson is an American popular science author and media theorist. He authored nine books focusing on the intersection of science, technology and personal experience. He is co-creator of three influential websites: the pioneering online magazine FEED; the Webby Award-winning community site; and the hyperlocal media site A contributing editor to Wired, he writes regularly for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Financial Times, among others. His book, How We Got to Now, became a PBS six-part series. $20. Members free with special code.

The Anchorage Museum’s Vision & Voice lecture series features thought leaders from history, film, literature, science and culture, who reflect upon the human experience.  In conjunction with the opening of the Alaska exhibition, this series explores powerful storytelling, issues of race and gender, and the possibilities that come with thought-provoking conversations and innovative thinking.