Art, Culture & History
If you’re addicted to the History Channel, you stockpile old issues of National Geographic, or prefer to visit places where people practice customs different from your own, Alaska offers endless options.
Alaska visitors can experience the state’s unique Native culture through many avenues including totem carving, Native dancing, the blanket toss, traditional music, crafts and festivals as well as cultural and historical museums, heritage centers and academics. Whether you want to explore Alaska’s vibrant Native culture or other artistic and intellectual attractions like music festivals, local artisan handiwork, Russian iconography or museum exhibits, a long list of things to do and see awaits you.
Alaska's largest museum is the best way to experience Alaska's art, history, science and culture. The Alaska Gallery provides a glimpse into the state's rich history while its collections of Alaska art showcase renowned artists. The Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center features 600 rare Alaska Native artifacts and the Imaginarium Discovery Center offers a hands-on experience with earthquakes, sea life touch tanks, a planetarium, and more. Open May 1 to Sept 30, 9am to 6pm. Winter hours take effect Oct. 1; Tuesday-Saturday, 10am to 6pm, Sunday noon to 6pm, closed Monday.
- Type: Museums & Cultural Centers
- Region: Southcentral
- Community: Anchorage
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