Museum to Break Ground on Expansion
July 10, 2006
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA - July 10, 2006 - Groundbreaking for the Anchorage Museum's latest work of art - an expansion project that will enhance downtown Anchorage, transform the museum experience and provide space to collect and exhibit the art, history and science of Alaska - will take place Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006, at 1 p.m. outside on the lawn adjacent the museum and museum annex. A free public celebration with live music, entertainment, refreshments and family fun activities immediately follows indoors.The museum's mission has expanded to include science, a natural evolution in a land where art, history and culture are deeply entwined with the environment. To reflect this change, the museum's name recently has changed from the Anchorage Museum of History and Art to the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. The stunning, 70,000 square foot addition, designed by internationally acclaimed architect David Chipperfield with the Anchorage firm of Kumin and Associates, will allow the museum to display more of its current art and history collections and bring home to Alaska more than 1,000 important Alaska Native artifacts from the Smithsonian Institution. The museum's new exhibition spaces will be designed by the New York firm Ralph Appelbaum Associates. In addition, the popular Imaginarium Science Discovery Center will relocate to the museum, bringing its focus on outreach and education to the museum while helping the museum incorporate experiential exhibits throughout the building. The new building will make the museum more accessible to passers-by on C Street through a new main entrance and windowed galleries. The vacant 2-acre space adjacent the museum will be transformed into a beautifully landscaped public plaza designed by Charles Anderson Landscape Architecture that celebrates the environment while creating an active, vibrant place for both outdoor exhibits and recreation. The expansion project's anticipated completion date is set for 2010. For more information on the Anchorage Museum expansion, visit www.anchoragemuseum.org/expansion or call (907) 343-6175.