Emerging from Dena’ina country into a railroad camp in 1915, Anchorage has transformed from a small town of tents into Alaska’s urban center. The hub of both the Pacific Rim and the circumpolar North, the area is now home to one of the most diverse communities in the nation.

City Limits examines how this global position has shaped the community culturally and economically. It reveals how Anchorage’s population has changed through time to become the ethno-racially, culturally and linguistically diverse community that it is today, with more than 90 languages spoken.

Filling four galleries, the exhibition includes objects, artwork, historical images and rare maps from the museum’s permanent collection. Each helps tell the story of Anchorage’s development and expansion on the Cook Inlet landscape – a story that reflects on the driving forces behind the founding and growth of a burgeoning city. Activities and programs invite the public to record and share favorite photos and stories of Anchorage and highlight how Anchorage’s unique past and global position could shape its future.

City Limits is an official program of the Anchorage Centennial Celebration and is presented by First National Bank Alaska with support from the Alaska Humanities Forum and the Rasmuson Foundation.


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