At almost 16,000 square meters (or 170,000 square feet), this kid-friendly history museum is the largest in the state. The Smithsonian Institution's Arctic Studies Center showcases more than 600 indigenous Alaska artifacts while touch screens offer oral histories. There’s also a 1,400-square-meter gallery that focuses on Alaskan history, including early exploration, the whaling industry and the gold rush. A hands-on creative lab helps kids test their critical thinking skills and rotating exhibitions highlight local and international art and culture. There are also exhibits of contemporary and historic photographs.
By Dawn Reiss
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625 C St, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA