Museums and Art Galleries (Self Guided), Anchorage

Situated on the Cook Inlet, Anchorage is a surprisingly flourishing and cosmopolitan city with a wide variety of attractions. It is home to a large number of museums and art galleries, offering the possibility to explore Alaska's indigenous history and culture. Take this tour to explore the city's exciting past.
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Museums and Art Galleries Map

Guide Name: Museums and Art Galleries
Guide Location: USA » Anchorage (See other walking tours in Anchorage)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
Author: Dara
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Anchorage Museum
  • Imaginarium Discovery Center
  • Alaska Law Enforcement Museum
  • International Gallery of Contemporary Art
  • Stephan Fine Arts Gallery
  • Oscar Anderson House Museum
Anchorage Museum

1) Anchorage Museum (must see)

The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center is a museum located in downtown Anchorage. Beginning as a public-private partnership to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Alaska purchase, it opened in 1968 with an exhibition of 60 borrowed Alaska paintings and a collection of 2,500 historic and ethnographic objects loaned from the local historical society, and the museum has been enlarged several times since.

Its official name is now Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. The Anchorage Museum's mission is to share and connect Alaska with the world through art, history and science. The museum has grown steadily and expanded three times since then, most recently in 2010, to its current size of 170,000 square feet with a collection of 25,000 objects and 500,000 historic photographs, and a staff of more than 50. It welcomes over 180,000 annual visitors from Alaska and from around the world and serves as a cultural center for the community.

The museum is repeatedly ranked among Alaska's top ten visitor attractions.

Winter hours:
October 1 - April 30: Tuesday-Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday: 12 pm - 6 pm

Summer hours:
May 1- Sept. 30: Monday – Sunday: 9 am - 6 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Imaginarium Discovery Center

2) Imaginarium Discovery Center (must see)

As an expansion to Anchorage History and Art Museum, The Imaginarium Discovery Center welcomes its visitors to experience the principles of science through play. It features exhibits from the world's most popular science museums. The Imaginarium is divided in several areas such as Planetarium Hall , Bubble Space, BP Kinetic Space, TOTE KidSpace , each of them focusing on a scientific topic. Children can experience touching live animals in special tanks, looking at simulated earthquakes or aurora borealis or learning the principles of energy and motion.
Alaska Law Enforcement Museum

3) Alaska Law Enforcement Museum

The Alaska Law Enforcement Museum tells the story of State Troopers in Alaska. It exhibits items like old radios and communication devices, original uniforms as well as pins and badges of law enforcement agencies from all over the country. A special section displays the story of famous Alaskan serial killer Ed Krause and the hunt organized in order to catch him. Souvenirs like hats and caps, patches, pins and crime books can be found in the gift shop section of the museum.

Operation Hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am - 4 pm; Saturday: 12 pm - 4 pm
International Gallery of Contemporary Art

4) International Gallery of Contemporary Art

Anyone interested in the artwork of modern experimental artists can visit The International Gallery of Contemporary Art. It is a unique place to explore the diversity of contemporary culture. The gallery welcomes and encourages new ideas expressed by local and foreign artists, supports budding and developing talents in the art sphere and offers a place to exhibit their wildest ideas. New expositions are organized on a monthly basis.
Stephan Fine Arts Gallery

5) Stephan Fine Arts Gallery

Stephan Fine Arts Gallery was founded in 1977 by a family of art collectors, Pat & Pam Stephan. It is one of the most prestigious galleries in Anchorage. The gallery collects, exhibits and sells the artwork of contemporary artists made with varying materials – watercolors, oils, pottery and jewelry, as well as fine art prints and photography. It participates regularly in events like Anchorage’s First Friday Art Walk taking place on the first Friday of every month or the Art For Alaska Parks contest.

Operation Hours: Daily: 10 am - 10 pm.
Oscar Anderson House Museum

6) Oscar Anderson House Museum

The Oscar Anderson House Museum is a historical museum located in downtown Anchorage. Currently located on M Street in Elderberry Park, the structure was built in 1915 by early Anchorage resident Oscar Anderson. Anderson claimed to be the 18th person to set foot on what is now Anchorage.

The structure was the first wood-frame house in Anchorage. The Oscar Anderson House was completely restored to a 1915 appearance between 1978 and 1982 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Opening hours: June 1 - mid-September: Tuesday — Saturday: 12 pm – 4 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Anchorage, Alaska

Create Your Own Walk in Anchorage

Create Your Own Walk in Anchorage

Creating your own self-guided walk in Anchorage is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Anchorage Shopping Tour

Anchorage Shopping Tour

If you want to take home something by which to remember your trip to Anchorage, consider visiting the city's shops located in the heart of downtown. Here you will find articles made of materials that represent Alaska's treasures - gold, timber, whalebone and furs, along with indigenous artwork and hand-made souvenirs by native Alaskans. Take this self-guided tour and visit the best...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
Anchorage Introduction Walking Tour

Anchorage Introduction Walking Tour

The city of Anchorage was founded at the beginning of the 20th century and has since grown to become Alaska's largest city. Nowadays it is a modern prosperous city with a well developed infrastructure. A rather short, yet captivating story of Anchorage can be observed when visiting its major attractions. Explore this unique city by taking a landmarks tour around downtown

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Anchorage Kids Entertainment Tour

Anchorage Kids Entertainment Tour

Anchorage is a great place to have fun with your family. This city welcomes children of any age to enjoy delicious desserts in local sweet shops and have fun visiting fascinating museums, interactive theatres and souvenir shops. Take this tour to explore the family-friendly city of Anchorage.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 Km or 0.5 Miles