Museum’s Topping-Off Celebration Promises Fun for Entire Family
September 12, 2007
Free public event bids farewell to Pat Wolf on eve of her retirement and celebrates the near-completion of framing of the new wing
Anchorage visitors and residents are invited to a Topping-Off Celebration at the Anchorage Museum from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, to recognize the near-completion of structural frame of the museum’s new wing. This free family event features science, art and craft activities for all ages, refreshments and music by award-winning musicians Pamyua. In addition to showcasing the progress of the new wing, the occasion also marks the topping off of Museum Director Pat Wolf's career of 33 years of service and leadership to the museum. Wolf, a tireless champion of the museum and its expansion, retires Oct. 21. Free museum admission all day on Sept. 23 is sponsored by BP.
The expansion is possible thanks, in part, to more than 500 individuals, foundations, businesses and government agencies whose financial support has enabled the museum to reach its initial $16 million capital campaign goal. The museum is now launching a Close the Gap fund-raising campaign to raise an additional $5 million in community support by year’s end for renovations to the existing museum which will house The Imaginarium as part of the expansion. Along with $1.8 million in matching grants from two private foundations, museum founder Mary Louise Rasmuson has issued a $1.5 million dollar matching grant for donations or pledge commitments made before Dec. 31.
The museum expansion includes a 70,000 square-foot addition, designed by David Chipperfield Architects of London with the Anchorage firm of Kumin and Associates serving as the architect of record. The expansion will allow the museum to display more of its current art and history collections and will include the first Smithsonian Institution facility outside Washington, D.C. The new structure will include temporary exhibit space, library and archives, and a new shop and cafe. The existing museum will be renovated to become the new home of The Imaginarium’s hands-on science galleries. A beautifully landscaped 2-acre public plaza adjacent to the new structure will create an active, vibrant place for both outdoor exhibits and year-round recreation.
The expansion project's is set for completion in 2010. For more information on the Anchorage Museum expansion or on the fund-raising campaign, visit www.anchoragemuseum.org/expansion or call (907) 343-6175.