Anchorage Museum transforms atrium into cozy Northern cabin for the holidays
November 24, 2015
‘Winter Up Here’ opens Friday, Dec. 4, at the Anchorage Museum
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Anchorage Museum is creating new traditions this holiday season. From rustic lakeside huts to designer tree houses, from saunas to village fish camps and smokehouses, Northerners are the masters of the wilderness cabin. Inspired by the cabin culture of the Circumpolar North, the Anchorage Museum, in collaboration with Intrinsic Landscapes, LLC, will transform the museum’s atrium into a cabin-themed environment that celebrates the holiday season in the North.
“Winter Up Here” plays on the simple joys inspired by being holed up in a winter cabin: stepping out and looking up at the night sky and aurora, the warmth of the fire, and the coziness of log wood walls. The exhibition will bring the outdoors inside, creating a place for gathering, making, and enjoying the winter holiday season in the North. Visitors may make their own garland that can become part of the exhibition.
“Winter Up Here” is on view Dec. 4 through Jan. 17.
The Anchorage Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday in winter and closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Other holiday and winter events at the museum include:
Crafts Weekend and ReadAlaska Book Fair
Thanksgiving weekend, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 27-28;
Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29
Buy local treasures at Anchorage's premier juried crafts event. Nearly 50 Alaska artists offer a wide array of jewelry, pottery, glass, woodwork and more. Live music and demonstrations add to the festive atmosphere. The simultaneous ReadAlaska Book Fair features Alaska authors, illustrators and publishers. Free
Winter Maker Night: Crochet and Cocoa
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27
Join us for a cozy evening with Anchorage crochet artist Kayo Bogdan. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and be inspired by her Northern creations. Bogdan will discuss her current work and will have pieces available for purchase. Part of the Anchorage Museum’s Polar Lab, a series of programs exploring life in the North. Free
Museum Shop Sale
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, Dec. 1-5; Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6
The Anchorage Museum Shop holds a range of gifts for the season, from educational toys and games, jewelry, and books to stunning Alaska Native art. During the December sale, museum members receive 30 percent off, and non-members receive 20 percent off all regularly priced merchandise. Proceeds support the museum's programs and exhibitions. Free
Wells Fargo Free Day: Holiday Concert
1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13
Enjoy the sounds of the season with our traditional holiday concert featuring the Anchorage Concert Chorus, Alaska Youth Choir and the Carhartt Brothers. Admission is free all day thanks to Wells Fargo. Please note: During free events, fees still apply for premium exhibitions and planetarium shows.
The Anchorage Mandolin Orchestra
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20
The Anchorage Mandolin Orchestra is a group of 18 musicians playing instruments from the mandolin family. They share the gift of music with a Christmas performance. Included with admission
Noon Year's Eve
11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 31
Don't worry about staying up late, we will celebrate when the clock strikes noon. The Anchorage Museum is celebrating the New Year with an opportunity for younger ages to join the festivities. Help ring in the New Year learning the science of confetti cannons and inventive noisemakers. Included with admission
The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center 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.