There’s no better place to discover the rich culture and history of the 49th state than at an Alaska museum. Alaska is full of fascinating cultures. Its history ranges from ancient civilizations, to the gold rush, to the pioneers that built the state we all know today.
The museums range in price from free admission to $25. Most are open year-round, but during the winter season, many will have limited hours.
The largest museum in Alaska is the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. It includes galleries, fun info on the gold rush, and over 600 Alaska native objects. This museum is a fantastic way to have a hands-on experience, including marine touch-tanks as well as a planetarium that, during the summer, you can view the Northern Lights.
Also in Anchorage, is the Oscar Anderson House Museum. The house was built in 1915 when Anchorage was barely developed. It’s one of the oldest houses in the entire state. Visit and discover what was considered “wealthy” in these times.
In North Fairbanks you’ll find the University of Alaska Museum. Here you’ll learn about technological leaps Alaska has taken. Look into the architectural history of Alaskan natives or learn about its colonization.
If you’re more interested in the South East native populations, Totem Heritage Center in Ketchikan is the place for you. When island villages were abandoned, artifacts including totems were brought here to be preserved. This is the largest collection of totems in America, some even dating back to the early 19th century. A little chuck of history that you won’t want to miss.
So, whether you want to learn about the gold rush, explore native Alaskan heritage, or figure out if they really live in igloos, an Alaska museum is the perfect spot for you.