State Museum transitions to closure by Feb. 28

The permanent galleries at the Alaska State Museum will gradually be closing, as the staff packs objects and vacates the building to make way for the new State Libraries, Archives and Museum facility. Visitors can access the museum’s mining and mineral room and play on the ship in the kids’ room through Oct, 5. Russian America and American History exhibits on the second floor will be open through Nov. 2, and the art room and second floor temporary galleries will remain open through Jan. 4. The eagle tree area and first floor Alaska Native galleries and temporary exhibits will remain open until the museum closes on Feb. 28.

Four temporary exhibits currently on view will be closing Oct. 12. They are Tommy Joseph’s solo exhibition of Tlingit armor, “Rainforest Warriors;” Kay Field Parker solo exhibition of Ravenstail weaving, “Playing with Lightning;” Nicholas Galanin’s multimedia solo exhibition, “The State of Being, Displaced;” and The Canvas at REACH artists’ exhibition, “Fish in the Water. Bird in the Tree. Vase by the Wall.”

The new museum will open its doors in the new State Libraries, Archives and Museum facility during the spring of 2016.

Summer hours at the museum run through Sept. 23 and are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Summer admission is $7 with a $1 discount for age 65 and older. Winter hours begin Sept. 24 and are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Visitors 18 and under are always admitted free of charge. An annual pass that allows unlimited visits to the Alaska State Museum and the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka is available for $15. Assistance is available for visitors with special needs. Contact Visitor Services at 465-2901 before the visit.


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