THE NEW GALLERY OF ALASKA
In the News
April 2017 -- The University of Alaska Museum of the North has received a $360,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the renovation of the historic Gallery of Alaska. The funding will allow the museum to hire an anthropologist, who will visit Native communities to solicit their input into the gallery project, as well as consult with a team of humanities scholars.
The new Gallery of Alaska will be immersive. Children and adults will engage with the hands-on elements included in the exhibits, creating memory-making experiences for all ages.
The UAMN production and education departments have worked for the last decade to dramatically enhance the level of interactivity in programs and special exhibits at the museum. These efforts have put us in the perfect position to now transform the Gallery of Alaska. This layered approach will allow visitors to more deeply explore their own areas of interest.
Stories of Alaska
The current Gallery of Alaska was installed in 1980, with minimal improvements since.
In the intervening years, Alaska, the world, and our understanding of it have changed.
PROTECTING OUR TREASURES: Redesign of gallery casework and mounting techniques is critical for the sustained life of the collections. Existing casework and exhibit furniture were designed in the late 1970s. Since then, preventive conservation has advanced dramatically.
There are many new stories to be told.
Download a copy of the museum's renovation brochure.
Why will this Gallery be unique in the state of Alaska?
The University of Alaska Museum of the North is uniquely situated to offer the public the best exhibits on Alaska, because we have the largest collections in the state — and in some cases the world — of Arctic and Subarctic plants, animals, paleontology, archaeology, art, film, ethnology, and history.
With more than 1.5 million specimens and artifacts, we have important stories to tell about Alaska. Our faculty curators and affiliated scientists conduct research on these collections, allowing new interpretations that are both educational and engaging. As we plan our renovation, we will meet with numerous constituents — Alaska Natives, state and local residents, families, children, visitors, educators — to discover what they want to learn from our collections. By visiting exhibit prototypes installed in our special exhibits spaces, these consultants will become partners, ensuring that the renovated Gallery of Alaska will be truly community-developed.
For more information about the project, contact:
Aldona Jonaitis, Director
UA Museum of the North
907 Yukon Drive; Fairbanks, AK 99775907-474-6989