ConocoPhillips Funds Major Exhibitions Featured in Anchorage Museum Expansion
January 31, 2007
The Anchorage Museum gratefully acknowledges ConocoPhillips for making two grants totaling $200,000 to support Alaska Native and hands-on science exhibitions that will be featured in the expanded museum. The exhibitions include the Smithsonian's Arctic Studies Center exhibition displaying hundreds of artifacts from the National Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of the American Indian; and interactive general science exhibitions on a variety of topics ranging from the natural environment to the physics of flight and optics.
ConocoPhillips has supported a number of museum exhibitions including: The Living Tradition of Yup'ik Masks; Science Under Sail: Russia's Great Voyages to America, 1728 - 1867; Eskimo Drawings; A Northern Adventure: the Art of Fred Machetanz; Tibet: Mountains and Valleys,Castles and Tents; Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition; and A T-rex Named Sue.
"ConocoPhillips' longstanding commitment to the communities in which it operates reflects a belief that no individual or corporation can be a good citizen without becoming involved," said Jack Griffin, vice president of external affairs. "We do that by exercising imagination, donating time and skills and providing financial support."
The Museum's $116 million expansion project includes a new building, exhibition space and an expanded endowment. The new wing is designed by David Chipperfield and Associates of London with Kumin Associates of Anchorage serving as the architect of record. It will include the first Smithsonian Institution facility outside of Washington D.C., temporary exhibit space, library and archives and a new store and café. The existing museum will be renovated to become the new home of The Imaginarium's hands-on science galleries.
Construction of the new wing will begin in spring with an expected completion date of spring 2010. For more information, visit www.anchoragemuseum.org/expansion or call (907) 343-6175.