As the largest museum in Alaska, Anchorage Museum showcases the state’s art, culture and history. This year, two exhibitions in particular focus on the region of the planet north of the Arctic Circle.
“Portraits of Place: The Arctic in Photographs,” on view through April 24, 2016, shatters the myth that the Arctic is an untouched and uninhabited region. This exhibition of contemporary photography reveals an Arctic very different from the endless tundra and massive herds of caribou so familiar from nature films. Depicting a place of human habitation and impacts, these works by five photographers explore the Arctic not only in Alaska, but also in Greenland, Norway, Canada and Russia.
A family-friendly exhibition, “Near the Bear: An All-Ages Arctic Adventure,” on view March 4 through July 31, 2016, lets visitors learn about the Arctic through art and science. Featuring the animals that thrive in the Arctic environment and the tools humans use to travel and live in the far north, “Near the Bear” exhibits artwork from the Anchorage Museum’s collection and gives visitors access to hands-on learning experiences.
Anchorage Museum is located in the heart of downtown Anchorage. Go to anchoragemuseum.org to find out more. Visit anchorage.net to plan your Anchorage stay.
Museum photo ©Chris Arend Photography
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