11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. May 15 through Sept. 15
Explore museum galleries and exhibitions with a museum docent (expert tour guide). Tours start in the Museum Store and last about 45 minutes. Tours vary daily. Check front desk for the day’s schedule. Free with admission.
1 to 2 p.m. Fridays
Chat with museum staff about conserving the collection. Included with admission.
Noon to 1 p.m. Friday June 16
Tour the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center with an anthropologist and gain a better understanding of Alaska’s indigenous cultures through 600 Alaska Native artifacts. Learn about traditional life in Alaska’s diverse regions through clothing, tools, ceremonial objects and more. Curator-led tours are offered the third Friday of every month during the summer. Included with admission.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 20
Before harvesting this season’s bounty, learn methods for preserving Alaska proteins and foraged foods in this special solstice Urban Homestead class. Join Jeremy Umansky, an authority on koji and other fermentation techniques, a gastronomic scientist, forager and chef/owner of Larder: A Curated Delicatessen & Bakery in Cleveland. He will be joined by Stacie Miller, executive chef of McCarthy Lodge. $20, members receive a 10 percent discount.
7 p.m. Wednesday, June 21
Hosts: Audrey and Bruce Kelly
Continuing the annual tradition of the Cook Inlet Historical Society, the Kellys will select ten gravesites of prominent residents buried at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery for a historical review of our community in a different era. Please enter the Cemetery at Bagoy Gate at 7th and Cordova Streets.
This event is presented by the Cook Inlet Historical Society. Free
6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 29
Professor Ron Heifetz, founder of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School and globally recognized author, will present a public lecture on leadership in times of change. Heifetz will explore the role of the university in convening public discussions to identify the essential and precious, the negotiable and expendable and how a community can generate the space for the innovation needed to bring the best of history and tradition into the future.
Additionally Heifetz will talk about how leaders can adapt to and facilitate change and what that transformation might look like. The lecture will be held at the Anchorage Museum auditorium. Free.
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 13
Journey through the city to learn more about new projects and efforts to improve neighborhoods. Tours begin at the Anchorage Museum. Meet at 5 p.m. Ride at 5:30 p.m. (Rain or shine). Free.
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, August 10
Journey through the city to learn more about the art you see every day or may not have noticed. Tours begin at the Anchorage Museum. Meet at 5 p.m. Ride at 5:30 p.m. (Rain or shine). Free.
Various times Friday, Sept. 22 through Sunday, Sept. 24
Design Weekend Anchorage 2017 highlights distinct local materials, voices, images and ideas, Northern identity, and great design.
Why participate in Design Weekend Anchorage? To explore the ways design makes our lives more livable, from products to buildings to ideas. Design Weekend is for everyone interested in creative ways of thinking, making and building community.
Meet with local and international designers and people who simply make cool stuff. Participate a project to help create and define a visual identity for Anchorage. Check out the product fair. For design professionals, there will be ways to connect with each other and the community.
Now in its second year, Design Weekend Anchorage brings together designers and the public for a weekend full of discussions, workshops and events.