Experiencing Alaska Native cultures is high on the list for many Alaska visitors and - with more than 10,000 years of human history centered on the land - Alaska offers endless options for learning about our way of being. Hear stories passed down from Elders and feel the heartbeat of drums used in traditional dancing, watch a blanket toss at a whaling celebration, learn about totem carving techniques passed down from generation to generation, and learn about regional and local Native functional and creative arts, ranging from carving and basket weaving to sewing and silversmithing.
Visit some of our more than 60 museums and cultural centers to learn about Alaska’s geography and natural history, Russian occupation, gold booms – and busts – and Alaska statehood, as told in art and artifacts. Plus, you’ll find "only in Alaska" exhibits ranging from quirky to thought-provoking. Who knew there was a museum dedicated to the history of the hammer or a 36,000-year-old steppe bison turned blue by minerals as it mummified!
Listen to live music at outdoor festivals and indoor concert halls, tapping your foot to folk, classical, and contemporary songs performed by local and internationally known performers – and perhaps get up on stage with us to dance the night away.
Alaskans are warm, welcoming, creative, and captivating. Get to know us through our stories, arts, and music - we can’t wait to share our traditions with you.