Alaska Native Heritage Center
Feel the heartbeat of Alaska’s Indigenous People.
Hear their stories. Explore their history and discover a cultural heritage still living and thriving today at the largest cultural institution in Alaska.
The Alaska Native Heritage Center offers a unique experience for you to learn and explore the traditional and contemporary ways of Alaska’s Indigenous cultures. More than a museum, the Center is a place to engage and interact–to ask questions and discover.
Our living cultures continue to flourish in a changing world, and although our world changes, our values and traditions remain. Your visit today will take you on a journey through 10,000 years of Alaska Native history and culture through art, dance, Native Games demonstrations, exhibits, traditional Native dwellings, films and more.
The Anchorage Museum connects people, expands perspectives, and encourages global dialogue about the North and its distinct environment.
As Alaska’s largest museum, we are a Smithsonian Affiliate and feature Alaska Native cultures through objects from the Smithsonian Institution. Art of the North and the history of Alaska combine with our hands-on Discovery Center for families, featuring marine life tanks, a planetarium, innovation spaces and more. We host many changing exhibitions each year in our galleries, exploring creative practice, history, and science from the North with connections to places, ideas and people around the world.
The Anchorage Museum sits on the traditional homeland of the Eklutna Dena’ina. The Museum is committed to recognizing and honoring the land, culture and language of the Dena’ina people. We recognize and respect the continuing connection, by Alaska Native people and all Indigenous people, to the land, waters and communities.
Alaska's Great Northern Lights Show
“We are such little men when the stars come out!”
Dave Parkhurst is recognized by his peers as one of the world’s leading natural phenomenon photographers, wholly dedicated to the pursuit of filming the aurora borealis since 1980.
Dave has spent countless thousands of hours in sub-zero temperatures working to capture most of his images. His photographs of the northern lights have appeared in numerous publications worldwide.
Every day during summer, visitors to Anchorage can view Dave’s Aurora presentation, entitled “Aurora Alaska’s Great Northern Lights”, in the Sydney Laurence theater at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Anchorage.
Even if it does not get dark in Alaska at this time of year, you can see the Northern Lights this summer!
OVER 50 YEARS OF SERVICE
The Alaska Zoo is dedicated to promoting conservation of Arctic, sub-Arctic and like climate species through education, research and community enrichment.
Since 1969, we have cared for orphaned and injured wildlife as the only zoo in Alaska. We are proud of how far we have come to care for wildlife in need and provide quality education and conservation programs.