A research and teaching museum holding collections of 1.4 million artifacts and specimens, representing millions of years of biological diversity and thousands of years of cultural traditions in the North.
The collections are organized into 10 disciplines: archaeology, birds, documentary film, earth sciences, ethnology/history, fine arts, fishes/marine invertebrates, insects, mammals, and plants.
The fine art collection that includes a 2,000-year spectrum of Alaska art, from ancient ivory carvings to contemporary paintings and sculpture. The art collections are exhibited in a wing that opened in 2005 -- the Rose Berry Alaska Art Gallery -- which was designed to evoke images of glaciers, a diving whale's tail, the prow of a ship, and other Alaska themes.
Nuanced photographs of the people and landscape of Alaska's social landscape