January 22, 2013

Staycation: Anchorage Museum

People often take for granted everything their own city has to offer - you go from work to home and back and neglect the fact that you live in a thriving city, with an abundance of activities just outside your door. Why not appreciate the place you live, and even see it in a whole new light? 

No matter how long you've lived there, it's always an adventure to see the city you live in through the eyes of the tourist. Not only is a staycation going to save you time, money and stress, what you find just might surprise you.

So, when was the last time you became a tourist in your own city?


We recently became tourists in our own city and visited the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.  (My first visit in 2.5 years, shame on me.) Oh, what a magical place it is! And, with the Rasmuson name attached to it, you know it will not disappoint.

What began as a public-private partnership to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the purchase of Alaska from Russia, has quickly grown from an exhibition of 2,500 loaned objects to a more permanent collection that now numbers over 25,000 objects and artifacts! It is a museum devoted to the cultures, imagination, creativity and innovative spirit of the people of Alaska and gives its visitors opportunities to immerse themselves in lifelong learning and cultural expression.

Alaska has such an interesting history, from the gold rush to statehood to oil development and everything before, after and in between. Reading through the articles and stories, scanning the displays and listening to the narrations, gave us a real appreciation of life in Alaska - the way of life long before Alaska was Alaska, long before technology was born and even the way of life, still, for some Alaskans today.

Alaska fascinates us.  So, for a few hours we immersed ourselves in Alaskan culture, learning many new things about the place we live and love.

Things like,

+  the species that are so important to, and characteristic of, the great state...

+  the diversity of the city we currently call home...

+  and the importance of hunting and fishing as a means of subsistence, in the past, present and into the future...  

... among much, much more!

The Anchorage Museum is currently one of the top ten visited attractions in Alaska, and for very good reason.  So, if you are in the Anchorage area at all, make an afternoon out of visiting the Anchorage Museum.

Have you ever been a tourist in your own city?


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