Expansion Includes

  • Four art galleries
  • Informal gallery/ event space
  • Discovery Center space
  • Administrative Office

Construction Timeline

February 2016 – September 2017.

Schedule and traffic impact.

A Northern Focus

This expansion is about more than bringing works from the collection out on public view. It’s also about creating a compelling narrative for the North through the lens of art and furthering the museum’s mission of expanding perceptions of the North, its landscape and cultures.

An Expanded Museum Will

Provide greater public access to the museum’s art collection

Create dedicated physical space for each arm of the museum’s mission — art, history, science, culture

Tell the story of the North and Alaska through art that depicts its landscape and people

Create positive, engaging and relevant museum experiences

Help museum visitors understand Alaska and the North through a variety of experiences

Connect people, expand perspectives, and encourage global dialogue about the North and its distinct environment

Project Perspectives

Project Partners

The $24 million expansion is funded entirely by private dollars, including $12 million gifts from both the Rasmuson family and the Rasmuson Foundation.


McCool Carlson Green, Architects


Davis Constructors


While grants will fund construction and renovation, your support will make it possible to conserve and care for the many paintings, objects and artifacts that will be on view in the new galleries. Support the museum expansion today, and we’ll memorialize your gift with a personalized block on the Alaska Community Donor Wall. Blocks also make great gifts for friends or family.



Museum opens with an exhibition of 60 borrowed Alaska paintings and a collection of 2,500 historic and ethnographic objects on loan from the local historical society


The museum adds another 140,000 square feet, including a parking garage and the Atrium, auditorium, Alaska Gallery, permanent art galleries and the Children's Gallery


Grand opening reveals Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center, Imaginarium Discovery Center, Thomas Planetarium, and ConocoPhillips Gallery