Museum Day offers openings, family activities

Posted: Thursday, May 14, 2009

In celebration of Museum Day, held this Saturday, Juneau's museums and historic sites are offering a full afternoon of new exhibition openings and activities for the whole family.

Courtesy Of The Alaska State Museum
Courtesy Of The Alaska State Museum

The Alaska State Museum, House of Wickersham, Juneau-Douglas City Museum, Last Chance Mining Museum, and the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church will be open with free admission. Additional Museum Day festivities will also be held at the Canvas Art Studio and the Friends of the Alaska State Museum Store on Seward Street. Free shuttle service between the sites will be offered all afternoon, with parking available at the State Museum.

Here's a look at what's going on around town:

• Alaska State Museum: Two exhibitions, "The Way We Genuinely Live: Masterworks of Yup'ik Science and Survival" and "Self Constructions," and a new permanent gallery installation will be featured.

The Yup'ik exhibit offers a look at the technology and scientific principles underlying this Native culture, and includes interactive exhibits such as a language program that allows visitors to try their hand at pronunciation of Yupik words.

"Self Constructions" is a solo show by Fairbanks artist Da-ka-xeen Mehner, and includes photographs, sculpture and mixed media works. Some of the photographs are alterations of historic Case and Draper images of formal Tlingit portraits from the late 1800s.

The new installation, Science on a Sphere, is a six-foot diameter globe developed by NOAA that shows animated planetary imagery and data.

The Friends of the Alaska State Museum will host a reception on the museum lawn mid-afternoon and kids will have the opportunity to make snow goggles and Yup'ik visors.

• Juneau-Douglas City Museum: The exhibit, "Hoop Time: Gastineau Channel Basketball Through the Years" spans over a hundred years of local and regional basketball history. Shoot some hoops, make a pennant, stand in Carlos Boozer's footsteps and listen to podcasts about famous basketball plays and players through the years. A historic downtown walking tour will be offered at 1:30 p.m. free of charge.

• The House of Wickersham: This historic home will re-open this summer after a multi-year renovation. Visitors can browse through Judge Wickersham's historical collections.

• St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church: Volunteers will be on hand to share information on the oldest original Russian Orthodox Church in Southeast Alaska

• Last Chance Mining: Museum: Pan for gold or wander the mine ruins at this museum located at the end of Basin Road. (Rubber boots are suggested.) A flag-raising and singing of the Alaska Flag Song begins at noon.

• Canvas Art Studio: An architectural collage project led by M.K. McNaughton will take place from 1-5 p.m. at the Seward Street gallery. The inspiration for the project comes from Juneau's historic buildings, specifically from the layers and layers of the past that are often revealed when an old building is renovated or torn down.

Many different supplies will be provided for participants, including paint, paper, old photos and architectural elements. The event is free for all ages.

• Friends of the Alaska State Museum Store: Local artists will demonstrate their work at the Seward Street gallery.

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