Anchorage Museum, Anchorage AlaskaIn 1968, it started as an Art and Ethnographical museum, and became accredited in 1973 (which I don't know what you have to do to get this, but apparently it helps). In 1992, the Smithsonian opened the Arctic Studies Center here which helped with recognition and money I am sure. It's quite an interesting museum now, holding all kinds of exhibits and collections far beyond its Art and Ethnography origins.
The ArrivalI drove around the museum a couple times, and finally found a spot on 6th avenue, where people were eyeing up my vehicle as I disembarked (break-ins are a problem there). Since it was a rental and I had full coverage, who cared I guess.
Tickets were timed, and I purchased in advance. It was not very busy.
Top floorI went to the top floor first, so I could then just continue downward (I learned this at the Guggenheim and it works well for me). The top was mainly new art and interpretations of other mediums into new mediums, which isn't the type of art of I generally gravitate towards.
2nd LevelThis is when the museum really started to expand horizontally, with many more diverse items and the Smithsonian offices.
Main levelThis floor has a lot of science and interactive displays. A children's area, and most sections designed to stimulate your mind to think.
SummaryA museum that is trying to do all things for all people, and I think it's actually hitting the mark pretty well. Enough of a representation in each section to make it worthwhile.
And of course... a shop! This one has a lot of native and local artistic items in it so if you are into those things, they have you covered.