Upcoming Events

March is ART Month

Discover shapes, objects, materials, and more!

Join us for interactive investigations, hands-on exploration, and crafts. Visit the Creativity Lab to enjoy an experience for all ages. Free with admission. 

Early Explorers (under 5) Fridays, 10am-12pm
Junior Curators (5 and up) Two Saturdays, 2-4pm

Learn more about our programs for families.


Drums of Winter

Saturday, February 28
UAF Davis Concert Hall

Friday, March 6
Museum Auditorium

The Drums of Winter has been fully restored, thanks to support from the Rasmuson Foundation and its listing in the Film Preservation Registry by theLibrary of Congress. Directed by the museum's film curator Leonard Kamerling and filmmaker Sarah Elder in 1988, the film was named to the National Film Registry in 2006 and is now being featured at public showings across the state.

Free admission.

Seminar: Marketing and Intellectual Property Protections

Tuesday, March 3
Museum Auditorium

Ken Van Wey, a program specialist with the Indian Arts and Crafts Board, U.S. Department of the Interior, will provide information and answer questions about truth in marketing and intellectual property protections that may benefit Alaska artists and artisans. Topics include the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, the Federal Trade Commission Act, copyright, and trademark.

Free Admission.

Tracing Roots

Tuesday, March 3
Museum Auditorium

A film by Ellen Frankenstein
A master weaver's journey to understand a spruce root hat found in a retreating glacier.

Free admission.

Museum Discovery Series

Thursday, March 12
Museum Auditorium

Find out what our scientists are learning from the museum's collections. 

Documenting the biodiversity of the North with Curator of Insects Derek Sikes
Presentation begins at 6pm.
Join us at 5:30pm to see objects and meet the curator.
Free admission.

Learn more about the series.

Family Day: Art

Saturday, March 14

Connect with museum collections and research. Discover Alaska science, culture, and art. Create crafts, try out experiments, meet the experts, and explore galleries.

Kids 14 & under FREE for Family Day!
Museum Family Days are sponsored by Saltchuk.

Find out more about Family Days.

Explore our Exhibits

Vogel 50 x 50
In the Collections Gallery

This exhibit features all 50 artwork donated by Dorothy and Herbert Vogel, a librarian and postal worker who amassed one of the most important contemporary art collections in the country. They surprised the art world by donating the entire collection to museums across the country.

The museum will offer a free showing  of the film Herb & Dorothy by filmmaker Megumi Sasaki in the auditorium the second Saturday of each month. Join us for the next screening Saturday, March 14 at 10:30am.

Sign up for our art workshops exploring this exhibit.

Learn more about the exhibit. 

Arctic Odyssey: Voyages of the R/V Sikuliaq
In the Special Exhibits Gallery

The R/V Sikuliaq will aid scientists as they search for answers to our most pressing oceanographic questions. This exhibit explores the ship and the science, while taking a look at a history of creative, oceanographic instrumentation.

Discover the world's last frontier. 


Movies in the Auditorium

Daily This Fall
The museum's 30-minute movies are presented on the hour from 12pm - 4pm in the Arnold Espe Auditorium. Purchase a $5 museum movie ticket at the admission desk for unlimited access to the day's movies.
Visit our movies page for more information.  
Watch trailers on YouTube.
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