Alaska Museum of Natural History

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201 North Mountain View Drive,
Anchorage, AK, USA

The non-profit Alaska Museum of Natural History fills a special need for science education in Alaska. No other organization in the state educates exclusively on Alaska's unique geological, cultural, and ecological history.

In 1989, two University of Alaska, Anchorage professors began a collaborative effort to establish a natural history museum. The museum opened in Eagle River, Alaska in May of 1994 and in addition to displaying exciting natural science exhibits has provided regular science education classes for school-aged children and adults. From the outset, the museum has energetically pursued it's mission to study and exhibit natural history materials relating to Alaska's natural history and to promote and develop educational programs which benefit students and enrich the curricula of schools and universities in Alaska. While located in Eagle River, the museum served over 4,000 local Alaskans and visitors annually.

In 2004, with the support of Anchorage Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc., the Anchorage Assembly, and Mayor Begich, a Community Development Block Grant of $534,000 was obtained for the purchase of a 12,000 square foot building at 201 N. Bragaw. This new home means a significant increase in the exhibit space and out ability to offer community programs and services. Renovation of the building is underway. Future plalns include the addition of a lobby, classroom, collections area, library and a small theater.

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