The Alaska National Museum of History features the entire geological, cultural and ecological history of Alaska. It is a non-profit institution which aims to provide a complete package of science education to all local Alaskans and visitors.
Two university professors from University of Alaska initiated the establishment of a natural history museum. Until May 1994, through a collaborative effort, the Alaska National Museum of History opened to the public. It was located then along the Eagle River. Aside from the collection displays, the museum started to conduct science classes and workshops for students in different levels of education. The museum?s foot traffic reached approximately 4,000 local and some foreign visitors every year. During its first decade anniversary in 2004, the museum was relocated into a 12,000 square meter building at 201. N. Bragaw, where there were wider areas for collections, galleries, and function rooms for classes. The new site was purchased through the Community Development Block Grant worth $534,000. This grant was a joint effort of Anchorage Assembly, Anchorage Neighbourhood Services, Inc., and Mayor Begich.
Today, the Alaska National Museum of History holds more than 10,000 collections of artifacts from different niche such as anthropology, culture, ecology, biology, geology and arts. One of the most popular collections in the museum is the Ice Age collection which features remnants of animals that lived during the Ice Age. The Ice Age gallery also features visual learning on how ice develops through the years and the characteristics of volcanoes in Alaska. Visitors can actually simulate their own volcanoes and see what happens during and after its eruption.
The museum has exhibits like the Broken Mammoth Dig Site. It displays the collections of local and international archaeologists which were as old as 11 millennium years back. The specimen of Ice Age mammals like bear, sea lion, and saber-tooth cat are only few of the thousand collections in the museum?s shelves. The famous skeleton display includes the ones of Alaska?s known dinosaurs such as T-Rex, hadrosaur and velociraptor.
The Alaska National Museum of History opens from Mondays to Saturdays starting 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. A museum tour for visually impaired visitors can be arranged with the museum?s administrator.
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