The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center (Anchorage)

As museums go the Anchorage Museum  is a one stop shop for a little bit of everything. There are some interesting exhibits on art and on photography and the history of Alaska but there were two exhibits that really caught our attention, the first was the permanent exhibit on the native Alaskan villages that is coordinated in conjunction with the Smithsonian and the other, a temporary exhibit about Gyre, the immense … [Read more...]

Alaska Native Heritage Center (Anchorage)

As I planned our trip to Alaska, one of our main goals was to learn more about the native peoples-their history, their culture and their relationship with the land, surviving brutal winters in sub freezing temperatures. As we arrived in Anchorage we couldn't wait to explore the Alaska Native Heritage Center, a wonderful experiential museum that is a great introduction to all the native villages. Living in Alaska is … [Read more...]

Tundra Tours (Barrow)

Barrow is the northernmost city in the United States located at the very top on the Alaska coast on the Arctic Ocean.  It's a place most folks will never visit but coming here was very important to me.  To me visiting a remote place like Barrow is what it truly means to savor life-to take advantage of a once in a lifetime opportunity to discover a place so unique, and a lifestyle so different from our own. There … [Read more...]

Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center (Fairbanks)

Ever have high hopes for an activity and it just doesn't pan out the way you'd hoped?  Sadly that's what happened at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center.  We had read so many great things about this place, in fact on the plane ride to Anchorage I saw an ad that highlighted some of the awesome activities we could partake in.  I was really looking forward to learning about the Athabascans, the Native … [Read more...]

University of Alaska Museum Of The North (Fairbanks)

The University of Alaska in Fairbanks is an amazing campus-where else can you major in Arctic studies? It is also home to a wonderful museum about all things Alaska, The Museum of the North.  It was a rainy day in Fairbanks when we made our way up the hill to the museum which is housed in a wonderful contemporary structure. Once inside we discovered some really interesting exhibits.  After buying our tickets we … [Read more...]