Museum’s Broader Mission Brings New Name
August 20, 2006
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – Aug. 20, 2006 Anchorage’s largest museum has expanded its mission 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, or the Anchorage Museum for short.
The Imaginarium Science Discovery Center, a popular, Anchorage-based institution that provides hand-on science learning environment, will relocate to the expanded museum when construction is completed in 2010.
“The Imaginarium’s team will help the museum incorporate science in museum exhibitions and improve its outreach efforts through traveling programs in Alaska’s rural communities. Additionally, educators will find enhanced programming for their students who participate in field trips to the museum.” said Pat Wolf, executive director for the Anchorage Museum.
The 70,000 square foot museum addition, designed by internationally acclaimed architect David Chipperfield with the Anchorage firm of Kumin and Associates, will provide a new home for approximately 1,000 Alaska Native heritage objects from the Smithsonian’s collections in the National Museum of Natural History and National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. The museum’s new exhibition spaces will be designed by the New York firm Ralph Appelbaum Associates.
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 lawn 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.