The earliest history museums had little actual history to draw on and instead padded exhibits with wildly speculative displays about how dinosaurs would be elected to Congress by the year 2000. See how far we've come with today's Groupon: for $24, you get two adult tickets to the Mammoths and Mastodons exhibit and general museum admission to the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center (a $48 value).
The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center showcases a vast array of artistic, historic, and scientific artifacts, exploring both Alaska's history and finds from around the globe. Inquisitive duos gain access to the museum's featured exhibit, Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age, which features fossil displays, a replica baby mammoth, and interactive exhibits that explore the history of these woolly behemoths. Fleshed-out re-creations and full skeletons of 8-ton leviathans with 16-foot-long tusks dwarf museum-goers and their measly 2-ton robot chauffeurs. View the 42,000-year-old remains of Lyuba, the world's most well preserved mammoth calf, or play the virtual cave-painting game to learn how Paleolithic humans preempted Impressionism by 100,000 years.
After packing brains to the brim with mastodon knowledge, the museum unfurls other treasures from across history and the world. Explore the masterworks of Art of the North, roam the science-minded Imaginarium Discovery Center, or try to convince gullible visitors that you were best friends with Java Man in high school.
Built in 1968 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the purchase of Alaska from Russia, the Anchorage Museum’s mirrored skin now holds an immense collection of exhibits that celebrate Alaska’s history and innovations in art and science. Using grants awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts and other organizations, Anchorage Museum was able to devote four floors and a small but well-appointed fourth dimension to art, cultural history, natural history, and science and technology—all represented by more than 25,000 objects.
Through a series of permanent exhibits, visitors embark on a cultural and geological voyage. More than 600 Alaskan Native artifacts on loan from the Smithsonian Institution join miniature dioramas of indigenous lifestyles in illuminating the cultures that first shaped the area, while other collections peer into the gold rush era, World War II, and the process of becoming a state. Itchy hands find relief in the Imaginarium Discovery Center, a playground for DIY discovery where visitors of all ages can touch sea stars, shoot air cannons, and learn more about what makes a volcano erupt or the aurora borealis cast its eerie glow.
625 C St.
Anchorage, Alaska 99501