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Heritage Library and Museum
Ranked #114 of 236 things to do in Anchorage
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Owner description: Home to numerous Alaskan paintings and cultural artifacts as well as a small library with Alaskan literature.
Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

Excellent collection, wonderful displays, and super-knowledgeable and friendly curator; this is truly a treasure in Anchorage. It is free, full of fascinating information and artifacts, and is so worth making the time to visit. It does have specific hours, so check that out before you go. Enjoy!

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Reviewed 16 June 2016

This Museum although small packs a big Historical Alaskan punch. Located inside the Wells Fargo office building on C street it alows you to do your banking at the same time. Aside from the Museum, the bank branch across the hall holds some mighty fine Sydney Lawrence giant paintings all around the room. Inside the Museum itself is the private colection started by The National Bank of Alaska before Wells Fargo bought them out. One stipulation was that the collection stay intact in Alaska. There is a library of Alaskan books as well that you can perruse, sit and have a read on some rainy afternoon. So you do not want to spend all day roaming the Giant Anchorage Museum. Take a half hour and get a good dose of Alaskan history & artifacts. Best of all it's free and open to the public.

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Reviewed 17 April 2016

If you want a treat, pop into this museum in the Wells Fargo Bank Building at C St. and Northern Lights Blvd. It is extraordinary in that it not only attractively displays well preserved Alaskan Native memorabilia, it also provides a lovingly maintained library and reading room where you can peruse hundreds of historical tomes and biographies on Alaska.
It can be a quick stop or an enjoyable hour or two getting acquainted with this phenomenal state and its people. It offers a glimpse of an Alaska that many are not aware of. And it's free!!!

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Reviewed 26 March 2015

This is a wonderful, if compact, museum of Alaskan cultural history and heritage, hidden in the lobby of the local Wells Fargo Bank. Smallish, it is packed with wonderfully displayed prehistoric artifacts, more recent native tools and dress from the last couple of centuries, scrimshaw, a few historic paintings, a full-sized kayak, Alaskan coins and tokens, a huge gold nugget and a whole lot more. It also houses a fairly good sized library of Alaskan history and culture. The attendant, Walter, was kind enough to give us mini-tours of many of the artifact cases, adding to our enjoyment and understanding. And, admission is free! Some of the labels were curled and falling off their mounts, making reading them difficult, but Walter said they were in the process of replacing all of them. This place is well worth a few of hours of your time.

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Reviewed 20 August 2012

We were very glad we stumbled on this place on a rainy day. It is truly wonderful. It is well-arranged and curated, an excellent collection of books, artifacts and pieces of art displayed in a way that allows for a comfortable browsing around. The staff was very helpful and friendly, opening up before the official hours when he saw up approaching the door. So glad we stopped!

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