King of Norway visits Anchorage Museum and opens “Polar Night” exhibition
May 26, 2015
His Majesty King Harald V of Norway visits the Anchorage Museum and opens the exhibition “Polar Night: Life and Light In the Dead of Night” Wednesday, May 27.
The King’s visit to Alaska will focus on Arctic issues and industry and include meetings with the Norwegian American community.
“The Anchorage Museum is pleased to host King Harald of Norway and to have him open the exhibition ‘Polar Night,’ an example of many exchanges between Alaska and Norway,” said Julie Decker, director and CEO of the Anchorage Museum. “The Arctic countries share histories, cultures and many common interests about the future. Norway is our Northern neighbor and we embrace the connections.”
In the “Polar Night” exhibition, on view May 27 through Sept. 7 at the Anchorage Museum, visitors step into the dark with a penlight and experience the wonder of polar night. The exhibition breaks open the myth that polar night, the period of continued winter darkness near the Earth’s poles, is a time of inactivity within the Arctic ecosystem. Visitors may learn how the darkness of high Arctic winter is full of life thanks to recent scientific studies in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard that reveal a thriving undersea ecosystem. This exhibition is organized in conjunction with the Tromsø University Museum.
The Anchorage Museum is the largest museum in Alaska and one of the top 10 most visited attractions in the state. The museum’s mission is to connect people, expand perspectives and encourage global dialogue about the North and its distinct environment. Learn more at anchoragemuseum.org.