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Wells Fargo History Museum

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Address: 301 W Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99503-2652
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A collection of cultural anthropology objects, paintings, maps, rare books,...

A collection of cultural anthropology objects, paintings, maps, rare books, Alaska gold rush era objects, early Alaska banking materials and contemporary art brought together by National Bank of Alaska. The collection of over 6000 pieces and 3500 books is remarkable in its continuing connection to Alaska's Native and Gold rush era families. Many of the walrus ivory carvings, baleen baskets and grass baskets represent generations of Alaska families. The library is an excellent resource on Alaska's long and rich multi-cultural, geographic and banking history for researchers, students, families and business. Admission is always free.

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Surprise and hidden gem

We were going to visit the Rasmusen museum but it didn't open until later so we decided to come here first. This museum is located inside the Wells Fargo bank bldg. We arrived 30... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Huntsville, Alabama, United States
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Huntsville, Alabama, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were going to visit the Rasmusen museum but it didn't open until later so we decided to come here first. This museum is located inside the Wells Fargo bank bldg. We arrived 30 minutes before it was supposed to open but the guard asked the curator if we could come inside anyway. It is a very interesting exhibit. Tom,... More 

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Manchester, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an amazing, but small museum of Native Alaskan history. This is a nice collection, free, and a must see for anyone in Anchorage. The curator Tom Bennett was a wonderful guide. He spent extra time with us when he knew one of us wants to be a museum curator someday. What an inspiration!! In a time when museums... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really interesting for visitors interested in learning more about native arts and crafts used for everyday life. It's free! Great for all ages young and old.

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Thank Daniel A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wells Fargo does it again! My family loves to visit all of the Wells Fargo Museums across the country, and this one definitely holds its own. Great little museum to burn time and get quick insight to life in AK.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

This is a nice small exhibit. It is free so take 15 minutes to see some really interesting well perserved pieces of Alaska. I believe this exhibit was part of the Rasmussen collection that Wells Fargo aquired when Nation Bank of Alaska was assumed. Which makes sense as Wells Fargo is a terrible financial institution that over charges and decieves... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

This little museum is not well know, but is a must stop for those interested in Alaska history and culture. Never crowded and staffed by a friendly knowledgable curator, you won't be disappointed by a visit --but check first to be sure it is open before you go there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this Museum. It is very well displayed. The Curator, Tom was very helpful and a pleasure to talk to. I particularly liked the ivory carvings and reading about their origins/purpose. The two-thirds scale Stagecoach just outside the entrance is quite impressive. I made sure we visited on a week day (between noon and 4pm)... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Lots of cool stuff like carvings made from whale tusks .......... Easy location and good parking off the main road

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Getting here without a car is a bit of a pain, but public transport from downtown is serviceable. The admission cost can't be beat, and the collection is interesting. In addition to the usual gold rush and First Nations artifacts, the museum tells the story of modern banking in Alaska (and the eventual merger into Wells Fargo).

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

A great collection of native artifacts!! Very informative and free! There's a huge mammoth's tusk and a collection of money used in Alaska back in the day. You won't regret going!!

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