• Sitka National Historical Park: The historic park, its buildings, and other structures in Sitka keep alive an alternate stream in history: one in which a Russian czar ruled Alaska and this little town was one of the most important on the west coast of North America.
  • The Alaska State Museum (Juneau): This richly endowed museum doesn't just show off its wealth of objects -- it also uses them to teach about the state. A visit will put Alaska's Native cultures and pioneer history in context.
  • Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center: Alaska's largest museum has the room and expertise to tell the story of Native, non-Native, and natural history in Alaska; to showcase contemporary Alaskan art and culture; and to teach about science with fun, interactive exhibits. The Smithsonian Institution's Arctic Studies Center, on the second floor, displays a remarkable collection of historic Alaska Native Art accompanied by informative audiovisual stations.
  • The Pratt Museum (Homer): The Pratt explains natural history (especially the life of the ocean) in a clear and intimate way you'll find nowhere else in Alaska.
  • UA Museum of the North (Fairbanks): The spectacular university museum includes swooping and ingenious galleries that present Alaska's art, anthropology, and natural science in mixed, thematic collections that spur new ideas and connections for viewers. Treasures include the ancient, tiny "Okvik Madonna" and "Babe," a mummified steppe bison from the Ice Age. An audio exhibit lets you hear the invisible astronomical, seismic, auroral, and weather phenomena in real time.

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