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Anchorage Museum At Rasmuson Center, Anchorage, Alaska
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Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center is a must-do when visiting Alaska with kids.Flag review
Located in the heart of downtown Anchorage, the recently-remodeled Anchorage Museum offers a wide expanse of cultural, historic, and scientific exhibits to please the entire family. With four floors of space, including the Imaginarium Discovery Center and Thomas Planetarium on the first floor, families visiting the museum can rove between hands-on, science-based activities for kids aged 0-18, and history lessons dating back to Alaska's earliest Native Alaskan residents. Not lacking for artifacts and real-life examples of Alaska culture, kids and parents will enjoy seeing handmade clothing, model ships, a sample of the Alaska Pipeline, and even a life-size moose statue. While some areas are indeed unappealing for kids (the art gallery, in general), most children will thrive in the museum's space, and special events and exhibits throughout the year provide nice extra touches.
Tips for Families
The Anchorage Museum is open all year; try visiting first thing in the morning, or later in the afternoon, especially during the busy summer months. The museum website is a vital tool for parents, too, since regular special events often involve free admission. While the Anchorage Museum does have a restaurant on-site, Muse, it might work better for famlies to bring their own snacks and drinks, and set up camp in the Atrium, a nice space with a small water fountain, and the only area in the museum where food is allowed. http://www.anchoragemuseum.org
Suggestions for nearby family-friendly accommodations
Stay at the Anchorage Grand Hotel, a former apartment building renovated into hotel suites. We love the classy kitchenettes and a location within walking distance to downtown Anchorage attractions. http://www.anchoragegrand.com
Suggestions for nearby family-friendly restaurants
A favorite among local families is the award-winning Snow City Cafe, a delightfully fun spot at the west end of 4th Avenue in downtown Anchorage. From Polar Bear Breakfasts to delicious soups and great coffee, the cafe is an extremely popular spot for visitors and residents. http://www.snowcitycafe.com
My Kid's Review
My favorite part about the museum is the room where you can sit in a chair and pull yourself up to the ceiling using ropes. I also like the huge bubble-maker. Sometimes I go up to the second floor to see the model ships, because I like models. (8 year-old son).
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