Upcoming

Discovery Center Science Labs

2 and 4 p.m. daily

Ask questions, make predictions and conduct experiments at the museum’s hands-on Exploration Station. New themes monthly. Included with museum admission.

Story Works Alaska College Essay Workshop

10 a.m. to noon, Saturdays Sept. 2, 9, 16

Join the Anchorage Museum and Story Works Alaska for a free essay-writing workshop: Identity and the Admission Essay. This three-part workshop is designed for current high school students working on personal statements for college and scholarship applications. High school seniors working on an application or scholarship essay and juniors who want to get a head start on the essay writing process are welcome to register. Students will get one-on-one tutorials on their essays and are expected to commit to all three sessions. Free; registration required.

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1 Million Cups, Artists and Entrepreneurs: Holly Nordlum

9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13

Join entrepreneurs and artists for a morning cup of joe at the Anchorage Museum and hear guest presenter Holly Nordlum’s film idea that addresses social justice. 1 Million Cups at the Anchorage Museum is a monthly session about arts and entrepreneurship and based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions as they network over coffee. Supported in part by the Kauffman Foundation, this free national program is designed to educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs with their communities. Free; use the 7th avenue entrance.

Educator Preview: Expansion and Alaska Exhibition

6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14

Educators in K-12, higher education and informal learning environments may preview the new Alaska exhibition and the Rasmuson Wing Art of the North galleries and hear about the many museum education offerings and resources for teachers and students. Free to educators, please register at Educator events.

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Anchorage Museum Expansion Grand Opening Weekend

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16-17

The grand opening for the new Rasmuson Wing and the Art of the North galleries, the new Alaska exhibition, and the expanded Discovery Center is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15-17. Polar Nights also kicks off this weekend with half-price admission to galleries from 6 to 9 p.m. Polar Nights runs Friday evenings through April.

Dinosaurs: Family Art Workshop with Ray Troll

2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17

Join Alaska artist Ray Troll for a family-friendly art workshop inspired by dinosaurs from the exhibition Cruisin’ the Fossil Coastline. Materials provided. Best for ages 6 and older. $10 per registrant, museum members receive 10 percent discount. Pre-registration required.

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Anchorage Museum Continuing Education Class: Russian America

10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Sept. 27

University of Alaska Anchorage professor of anthropology Alan Boraas PhD and University of Oregon associate professor of history Ryan Jones will delve into Russian America history and its effect on the Dena’ina and Alaska for two one-hour lectures. The Anchorage Museum Continuing Education Program is a seasonal series of classes featuring art, science, history or anthropology experts who will illuminate themes explored in the museum’s exhibitions and collections. Each 2-hour class is $20, $100 for all six. Registration required. Register for all six by Sept. 26 or individually up to one day before the class at anchoragemuseum.org.

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Teen Studio

10 a.m. to noon, Saturdays twice monthly beginning Oct. 6

The Anchorage Museum seeks passionate, innovative high school-age students to participate in its Teen Studio program for the 2017/2018 school year. The Teen Studio is a group of young, creative leaders who advise, inspire and shape community-building at the museum and beyond. The Teen Studio meets twice a month to talk about bettering our community, learn from arts professionals and create art. Sept. 15 is deadline for applications, which are available at www.anchoragemuseum.org.

1 Million Cups, Artists and Entrepreneurs: Duke Russell

9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11

Join entrepreneurs and artists for a morning cup of joe at the Anchorage Museum and hear guest presenter Duke Russell discuss his new foray into art-inspired product development. 1 Million Cups at the Anchorage Museum is a monthly session about arts and entrepreneurship based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions as they network over coffee. Supported in part by the Kauffman Foundation, this free national program is designed to educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs with their communities. Free; use the 7th avenue entrance.

Anchorage Museum Continuing Education Class: Art and Artists

10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 11

The second in this continuing education series features a session about the art of Iñupiaq artist James Kivetoruk Moses and a tour of the exhibition A Year with a Tree with David Pettibone. The Anchorage Museum Continuing Education Program is a seasonal series of classes featuring art, science, history or anthropology experts who will illuminate themes explored in the museum’s exhibitions and collections. $20. Register by Oct. 10 at anchoragemuseum.org.

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Family Art Class with HARRY POTTER ILLUSTRATOR CLIFF WRIGHT: Nature of Seeing

2 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14-15

Take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity to learn from UK illustrator Cliff Wright, well known for his work on the original book covers for the Harry Potter book series. Wright has illustrated numerous children’s picture books, some of which he’s written himself, in addition to magazines, greeting cards, posters and advertising projects. In this drawing class, Wright helps participants channel their creativity by helping them see beyond the surface of what they can see. No experience needed. Best for ages 6 and older. $10 per registrant, members receive a 10 percent discount. Pre-register at anchoragemuseum.org.

Science Passport Workshop

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15

Join us to celebrate completing your Science Passport in a workshop designed just for you. The special workshop will include hands-on activities and a private tour of the Discovery Center. You will build your own science toolkit with different materials and science equipment that will help you to discover more about the world around you. Included with admission for Passport Holders.

Unbound: Mother Tongues

6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20

More than 100 languages are spoken in Anchorage. Gather for readings and discussion to explore the challenges and possibilities of translation and the role of language revitalization. Writers will share their work in conversation with local experts, scholars and educators. The museum’s Unbound series loosens words from the page through experimental literary events. Included with admission, which is half-price on Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. for Polar Nights.

Members Only: Spark! Morning

11 a.m. to noon Sunday Oct. 22

Enjoy morning treats and hands-on activities designed for inventors of all ages in Spark!Lab. Free. Pre-registration required, available one month in advance.

Anchorage Museum Continuing Education Class: Alaska History

10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Oct. 25

The third in this continuing education series features a tour of the Alaska exhibition with Aaron Leggett, curator of Alaska history and culture, and a presentation with Ann Fienup Riordan, PhD, about lessons learned while working on a highway project along the Bering Sea. The Anchorage Museum Continuing Education Program is a seasonal series of classes featuring art, science, history or anthropology experts who will illuminate themes explored in the museum’s exhibitions and collections. $20. Register by Oct. 24 at anchoragemuseum.org.

Museum Insider and VIP Member Workshop: Making art with Amy Meissner

4 to 6 p.m. Workshop; 6 to 7 p.m. Artist Talk Thursday. Oct. 26

Museum Insider and VIP members are invited to join Amy Meissner for an exclusive artist talk and group art-making project. Learn about her process before her solo exhibition, Inheritance: Makers. Memory. Myth., opens next May at the Anchorage Museum.

The collaborative textile-based art experience will use a special selection of cloth from the Inheritance Project – a year-long crowdsourcing effort that rescued abandoned, unwanted or unfinished domestic textiles from all over the world. Participants will work with vintage cloth, found objects and basic hand stitch to create a community installation that will become part of her exhibition.

No prior sewing experience is necessary. This workshop series is made possible in part by a 2017 Rasmuson Individual Artist Award Project Grant. Free. Members must register to participate. Space is limited.

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Urban Homestead 101: Harnessing the Power of Fungi

5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27

Delve into the fungi kingdom and explore basic mushroom identification and ways to preserve and use these dynamic organisms with Far North Fungi and local mycologist Christin Anderson. $20, members receive 10 percent discount.

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Science Passport Workshop

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18

Join us to celebrate completing your Science Passport in a workshop designed just for you. The special workshop will include hands-on activities and a private tour of the Discovery Center. You will build your own science toolkit with different materials and science equipment that will help you to discover more about the world around you. Included with admission for Passport Holders.