The 10 Best Museums in Alaska, United States

August 23, 2021 Enedina Augsburger

Alaska is divided into five regions: far north, interior, southwest, south central, and inside passage. Although it takes a long time to see the entire state, you can travel through the regions by boat, car, bus, or plane. Hike through the mountains, or venture out on a deep sea fishing or whale watching excursion. Get in touch with nature by camping in the wilderness, or experience your preferred degree of class and luxury in the beautiful, active cities of Anchorage and Fairbanks. 

Sterling Hwy Mile 160.9, Homer, AK 99556 +1 907-299-7338 [email protected] http://normanlowellgallery.org
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Norman Lowell Gallery

The Norman Lowell Art Gallery Foundation is a non-profit charitable Foundation which aims to preserve and share the Norman Lowell Gallery of Alaska free of charge to visitors around the world. The Norman Lowell Gallery sits atop a bluff in Anchor Point, AK, on the original homestead property of Norman Lowell and his family. The large permanent collection showcases the beauty of Alaska in works ranging from small sketches to massive oils, some of which are over 6 feet in height. Visitors to Alaska are welcomed to come spend as much time as they wish walking among the Permanent Collection, as well as walk the old homestead grounds and see the original cabin, gardens, and studio. A sales room is dedicated to high-quality prints of many of Lowell's works, as well as a number of originals.

Reviewed By cheerfulkim - Wrightwood, United States

I visited the Norman Lowell Gallery on the recommendation of a local and I’m so glad I did! I had the gallery to myself, and I enjoyed making my way through his beautiful works and reading the commentary on each painting. His larger paintings are stunning! It’s a very special place and I would definitely recommend it.

2. Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

212 Wedgewood Dr Wedgewood Resort, Fairbanks, AK 99701-1728 +1 907-450-2100 [email protected] http://www.fountainheadmuseum.com/
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Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

WE ARE OPEN for visitors and are adhering to all CDC and state-guided mandates. As a precaution: • practice proper physical-distancing • use of face-coverings is required to visit the museum. *** About the Fountainhead Auto Museum: This unexpected gem at Wedgewood Resort features a remarkable collection of antique cars and historic fashions, plus entertaining displays on Alaska motoring history. The museum's automobile collection features over 100 American-made vehicles, including beautifully restored horseless carriages, nickel touring cars, rakish speedster, elegant classics, and early racecars. From rare marquees like Compound and Argonne to well-known names like Packard and Stutz, visitors will be amazed at the beauty, innovation, and history of these rolling masterpieces. All but a few of the automobiles are driven each summer, making this a true "living museum.

Reviewed By Ajmunoz

My husband and I visited and while we first thought it was a fairly small place we were very much surprised! We loved looking at the beautiful cars and as a bonus the fashion display was just as beautiful! We spent nearly three hours in the museum and the curator was there to answer any questions or further the knowledge on any of the cars! Would definitely recommend:)

3. Ptarmigan Arts

471 E Pioneer Ave, Homer, AK 99603-7622 +1 907-235-5345 [email protected] http://www.ptarmiganarts.com
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Ptarmigan Arts

Ptarmigan Arts is Homer's only cooperative art gallery, owned and operated by local Alaskan artists. The gallery carries the artwork of established Homer artists as well as newcomers to the Homer art scene. Open year-round, Ptarmigan Arts offers unique, quality artwork and handcrafted items in a variety of media including ceramics, woodworking and turnings, fiber/wearable arts, glass, photography, paintings and etchings, stone lithographs, jewelry, sculpture, and Alaskan fine art prints and cards. Located in charming downtown Homer, the gallery is within walking distance to other galleries and a myriad of other shops, restaurants, and other local attractions. All major credit cards are accepted. Shipping is available and free gift wrapping is offered for purchases.

Reviewed By T9189VOdanas - Crans-Montana, Switzerland

finally a gift shop without kitsch! beautiful.. pottery nice but overpriced-- but this place really showcases local artists (artists, not just crafts) handmade leather purses rival any boutique in Jackson to Florence .. bought one could've left with 3 or 4!!

4. Aurora Dora

22229 S Talkeetna Spur Rd, Talkeetna, AK 99676 +1 907-841-5620 [email protected] http://www.AuroraDora.com
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Aurora Dora

When It's Dark, I See the Lights! I relocated from Brazil to Alaska in 2001 and have been chasing and photographing Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) ever since. I never heard about the Northern Lights before I moved to Alaska. The first time I saw them it was love at first sight. That was it! From there on I knew what I wanted to do, I wanted to share the Auroras with the world and show them to everyone who doesn't have the opportunity to see the Northern lights. That's what I have been doing since. From long and cold nights photographing amazing auroras through the skies, and teaching northern lights photography workshops, to the summers explaining and showing the auroras to the ones that are not able to visit Alaska in the winters. I am a photographer in Alaska, living the dream life of many photographers. Many of my images were published by NASA, Space Weather Live, Washington Post, space.com, Nature Photographer Magazine, Society of Nature Photographers, just to name a few.

Reviewed By richardp14

Like most of Talkeetna, the shop is plain and unassuming on the outside. The photos inside and a hidden gem. Dora has taken some of the most beautiful photos on the aurora, all with other interesting subjects in the picture. A float plane, an old truck, a mountain, or a tree all add to the incredible shapes and colors of the aurora displayed behind or above them. The metal prints are beautiful, but the photo versions are equally lovely.

318 Mission St, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6420 +1 907-247-4730 [email protected] http://www.scanlongallery.com
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Scanlon Gallery

From the spirit and character of the people who live here comes a remarkable range of talent and vision reflected in art forms from painting to carving to printmaking. Since 1972, Scanlon Gallery has offered residents and visitors to Ketchikan, Alaska, the finest in Alaskan art. At Scanlon Gallery you will find art at a range of affordable prices, whether your interests are in original paintings, sculpture, fine art prints, posters, or fine art books. We'll take the time to answer your questions and share our knowledge about the kind of art we know and love best.

678 Broadway St. Corner of 7th and Broadway, Skagway, AK 99840 +1 931-581-3521 [email protected] http://www.bearheadphoto.com
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BearHead Photography Gallery

Come and see a National Geographic photographers perspective of Alaska. Barrett Hedges' gallery, Nature's Wildest Moments, has images printed from his travels all over the state of Alaska, and the western U.S. All images are for sell, but you can come and just view and see how beautiful the wild places of Alaska are. We also offer free shipping to most places world wide!

Reviewed By wishiweredownunder - Winston Salem, United States

This is a lovely gallery, and Barrett's photography are truly amazing. His wildlife shots have graced magazine covers and I am excited to have one of his photos on my wall at home. His work highlights all the amazing beauty in Alaska!

7. Dean Family Farm and Art Studios

40374 Waterman Rd, Homer, AK 99603-9404 +1 907-299-4124 [email protected] http://jeffreyhdean.com/tour/
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Dean Family Farm and Art Studios

Come Adventure with us on a Dean Family Farm and Art Studios Tour, for a heartfelt, handmade, and one-of-a-kind experience. Join Alaskan artists Ranja and Jeff Dean for this unique guided tour. Immerse yourself in our creative Alaskan lifestyle as you meander through a menagerie of art and animals, gardens, and architecture. Visit working art studios and see art in the making. The 2 hr educational tour ends with a visit to The Dean Gallery. It’s a glimpse into the lives of an Alaskan family as we share a lifetime of inspiration, dedication, and diverse creative output. Our hope is to bring magic to your day and inspire and encourage you in your own originality. The Dean Gallery is open by appointment, featuring artwork by Jeff, Ranja, & M’fanwy Dean, including significant focal point art, bronzes, carved wood panels, and specialty prints. Visit our website for our COVID-19 protocols.

8. Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

708 Smoky Bay Way, Homer, AK 99603-7653 +1 907-235-6667 [email protected] http://www.akcoastalstudies.org/
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Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

This environmental education center offers natural history day tours for all ages that range from the boreal forest of the 104 acre Wynn Nature Center on the north side of Kachemak Bay to the south There, in Peterson Bay guests explore tidepools, a rainforest and an archaeology site. Kayaking and overnight Yurt stays may also be added.The experienced hiker can also choose from guided hikes of varying difficulty.At the Homer Harbor, discover the world beneath your feet on a Creatures of the Dock Tour!!Where else can you see a seastar and a moose all in one day... personal, hands-on experience for all!

Reviewed By morganreed727 - Appleton, United States

Extremely knowledgeable and love teaching others about sea life. We enjoyed it so much we went to all three of their locations

9. Alaska State Museum

395 Whittier St, Juneau, AK 99801-1718 +1 907-465-2901 [email protected] http://museums.alaska.gov/asm/asmhome.html
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Alaska State Museum

The Alaska State Museum is located at the Fr. Andrew P. Kashevaroff (APK) building in downtown Juneau. Visit us for a uniquely comprehensive view of Alaska’s history and diverse cultures including fine art, mining, fishing, forestry, tourism, Russia-America, and World War II. The Science on a Sphere TM theater cycles through a variety of geographical programs. There is a discovery room with a climb-aboard replica of an early sailing ship and fun activities for all ages. Besides the regularly changing temporary and virtual exhibits, the special 2021 show is "SWAY” on Northern Northwest Coast Weaving. Museum admission $14 summer; $9 winter. Youth free.

Reviewed By ericandtrudy - East Helena, United States

We loved the informative, colorful displays, and the gift shop had some excellent items at good prices!

10. Pratt Museum

3779 Bartlett St, Homer, AK 99603-7579 +1 907-235-8635 http://www.prattmuseum.org/
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Pratt Museum

This boutique size, award-winning regional museum is home to exhibits, programs, events - as well as an historic homestead cabin and forest trails - that explore learning and stewardship in science, art and culture of the Kachemak Bay region. In 1982, the Pratt was accredited by the American Association of Museums, becoming Alaska’s first private museum to receive this national honor. Today it continues to be recognized as a leading cultural and educational institution in Alaska.

Reviewed By Old95

Many informative exhibits and excellent art. Learn about the history and ecology of the Kachemak Bay.

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