Anchorage Museum – Flight, Portraits and more

Ruth | May 3rd, 2013

The Anchorage Museum always has something interesting happening.

Arctic Flight A Century of Alaska Aviation shows the deep connection Alaskan’s have with flight. This wonderful exhibit has something for everyone.

The history of flight in Alaska is long and storied. Many brave pilots gave everything to get Alaskan’s to their destination or to deliver their supplies and mail.

This exhibit includes a full size Stearman biplane and many examples of the kinds of equipment pilots used. From tundra wheels to flight suits and survival kits you will find all kinds of history.

This exhibit is co-curated with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and includes objects from several Alaskan museums. The Smithsonian has a wonderful write up about the exhibit which is linked to the Anchorage Museum Facebook page.

Current exhibits also include Portrait Alaska. A series of portraits by Alaskan photographer Clark Mishler who set out to take a portrait a day. After four years of taking photos of people he randomly encountered this exhibit shows the diversity and character of Alaskans.

As a long time Alaskan it was fun to recognize some of the people and to see the variety of things Alaskans enjoy. It was like looking through a family album. Some of those family members are familiar and others are doing things that are familiar. I recognize the connection if not the face.

Mishler has a gift for bringing out the personality and relationships among those he photographs. It is a wonderful collection.

In addition to many wonderful rotating and permanent exhibits the museum hosts an array of activities for all ages. Check out the Museum website or their Facebook page to keep up on what is happening each week.

Anchorage is lucky to have such an amazing museum. Take time to visit the museum on C Street between 6th and 7th Avenues.

Summer hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

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