Anchorage Museum reopens


The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center reopened its doors on May 30 after a $106 million expansion.

The existing museum and most of the 90,000-square-foot addition are now open. The second floor's Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center will be unveiled to the public in 2010.

Travelers can visit the museum during its summer hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and examine the building's architecture and design, sample the menu at the new cafe and browse the expanded museum store.

With this project, the museum doubles in size and expands its mission to include science and hands-on learning.

May 30 also marked the opening of "Gold," the exhibition created by the American Museum of Natural History to mark the reopening. The exhibit features more than 300 geological specimens and cultural objects from around the world.

"Gold" is paired with "Pay Dirt! Alaska's Golden Landscapes," an exhibit that examines Alaska's Gold Rush era and the affect the precious metal has had on the state's economy through the years. "Gold" is now on view through Aug. 2.

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