ANCHORAGE - Nearly 10,000 people passed through the Anchorage Museum during the free grand reopening.
The museum Saturday celebrated the opening of an 80,000-square-foot expansion and did not charge admission.
To celebrate the golden anniversary of Alaska's statehood, the museum reopened with a display on gold.
Museum director James Pepper Henry says there's a lot of cultural material in the exhibit, including gold coins from ancient Greece and Rome, gold pulled up from sunken ships and gold-plated awards such as Susan Sarandon's Oscar.
The cost is $8 to get into the museum and another $12 to see the gold exhibit.