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Best part is the opportunity to interact with natives. Covers all regions and cultures of Alaskan natives. Not a large museum of its own; take advantage of the performances inside and the exhibits outside. Shuttles to/from downtown.
I spent an afternoon here, and I'm so glad I did. There's programming that features Alaska Natives, and tours of the habitats led by Alaska Native youth. The setting is peaceful and a bit off the beaten track, and well worth the trip.
The villages were interesting and much better if you go with a guide, which we did. The people stationed in the houses did not say anything when we started going through them by ourselves. There is a large area in the main building that had...More
The sites themselves and the building were fascinating and beautiful, however, there was one thing in particular that rubbed me the wrong way. I overheard a supervisor speaking to one of the employees, and he was incredibly rude and condescending not only to the employees...More
I had been looking forward to getting into the Alaskan First Peoples experience in depth. This was superficial and simplistic - and very expensive. Over and over, it emphasized how the peoples respected nature. It said it, but didn't show it in a meaningful way....More
I would definitely make it a point to come here just because of the energy outside. In the back they have a lake surrounded by forest and log cabins. Feeling the energy in that area and in the log cabins was well worth the visit....More
Plan a couple hours here (hopefully on a non-rainy day) to wander the entire site and see the full size models of traditional homes for the 5 main native Alaskan groups. Not much available inside the main building--and exhibits were too dark to read. Avoid...More
This museum is a must see in Anchorage in my opinion. It educates about the numerous native cultures - their clothing, their houses, their art. It is very accessible, both physically and intellectually. Allow 3 to 4 hours to take it all in.
First off how go you get here? The center is not walking distance from downtown. IF you choose to go to the Anchorage Museum, you can buy a "Culture Pass" there to get into both places (highly recommended). Save $10 per person, and get a...More