on Friday, International Museum Day, the Alaska State Museum will present its first-ever Alaska Museums Snapshot Day. The project began on May 1, when participating museums across the state snapped up to 10 photos taken in and around their facilities. Those images were sent to Scott Carrlee, the Alaska State Museum’s Curator of Museum Services, and arranged into a slideshow designed to take the viewer on a sneak-preview tour of every museum in Alaska. The slideshow will play continually all day on the museum’s Science on a Sphere projection system on May 18.
“Last year, we invited museums to make short films,” said Scott Carrlee, ASM Curator of Museum Services and event organizer. “While it was a success, the technical side prevented some museums from entering. This year, we wanted to make it easy for every museum to participate.”
In addition to the May 18 Science on a Sphere projection of the photos, snapshots from Alaska Museums Snapshot Day will be available on the Museums Alaska web site, www.museumsalaska.org.
International Museum Day has been celebrated since 1977, and is organized to raise awareness of museums’ importance in the development of society. The Alaska State Museum joins nearly 30,000 other museums in more than 100 countries also offering organized activities on May 18.
Summer hours at the museum began May 13 and are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Summer admission is $7 with a $1 discount for seniors. Visitors 18 and under are admitted free of charge.