Fodor's Expert Review Anchorage Museum
This striking, contemporary building with first-rate exhibits is an essential stop for visitors who want to celebrate the history of the North. The star of the museum is the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center, which features more than 600 objects from Alaska Native cultures and short films that teach visitors about modern-day Native life. Wander the Art of the North galleries filled with works that showcase Alaska landscape, history, and beauty. The Alaska Exhibition shares Alaska's diversity and history with a knock-out eye for design. Cap the visit in the 9,000-square-foot, kid-focused Discovery Center, which includes a planetarium. Curated exhibitions rotate regularly and frequently spotlight Arctic issues, Northern design, and the unique perspective of life at these latitudes. The bright and modern Muse restaurant serves delicious lunches and dinners, and the gift shop is one of Anchorage's best places to buy Alaska Native art and other souvenirs.