January museum programs explore tools

A hand picks up a stone tool
UAMN photo by Theresa Bakker
A child examines a set of tools from the museum’s collection.

The University of Alaska Museum of the North is focusing on the theme of tools during family programs in January.

Self-Guided Early Explorers is designed for ages 5 and younger, with an adult. From Jan. 10-16, families can participate in a museum hunt-and-find, pick up a free take-home activity (while supplies last) and explore hands-on activities shared online at bit.ly/uamnhandson.

Children 6 and older are invited to register for Virtual Junior Curators on Jan. 22. Registered participants will receive an activity supplies packet and will meet with museum educators via Zoom from 11 a.m. to noon. Register in advance at bit.ly/uamnhandson. At-home activities will also be available online.

At Family Day: Tools on Jan. 29, from noon to 4 p.m., visitors can discover how tools have been made and used throughout history, meet archaeologists, see tools from the collections, try an “I Spy” hunt in the galleries, pick up supplies for take-home activities, and more. There is no admission fee for children 14 and younger at Family Days, thanks to support from TOTE Maritime Alaska.

Masks are required on campus. For more information about museum events, visit www.uaf.edu/museum or call 907-474-7505.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Arseneau, education and public programs manager, 907-474-6948, ua-museum@alaska.edu