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Frosted windows hinder views of snow-covered mountains, Alaskans warm up vehicles in preparation for the mad dash from the cold and the moisture from our breath forms a cloud of fog around every word. Winter has arrived in Alaska. And what better time than winter to step indoors and feed the soul with art, culture and history? The following are highlights of what visitors can expect to see in Alaska’s museums this winter season.
In Fairbanks, located in the heart of Alaska, The University of Alaska Museum of the North tells the history of Alaska through Alaska Native artifacts, photos, art and more. A special exhibit that opened this month, “The Vogel 50x50” exhibit brings together 50 contemporary works of art, collected by Dorothy and Herbert Vogel and donated to the Museum of the North as part of “The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States.”
In 2015, Anchorage will celebrate its 100-year anniversary and the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center is getting ready to celebrate by showcasing the history of the Great North. On view March 6, 2015, through January 2016, “The Anchorage Centennial Exhibitions” will share perspectives on the past, present and future of life in the North. Another special show, running now through Feb. 15, 2015, “Cabin Fever,” displays contemporary photographs and short films inspired by the phenomenon and created by artists from Alaska, Iceland and Finland. The exhibit examines the “stir crazy” state of mind that often manifests after long hours of isolation in cramped and dark quarters, and includes historical images from the early 20th century when the term “cabin fever” first came about.
In Alaska’s capital, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum is currently featuring “Downtown Sights: Paintings from the Collection.” Running through April 18, 2015, the exhibit showcases eight works of art by five local artists. Each painting is accompanied by a quote from the artist and historical information about the scene depicted.
Located directly across the street from the Westmark Hotel in Whitehorse, Canada, is the MacBride Museum of Yukon History. Through permanent and special exhibits, the museum features more than 8,000 square feet of exhibits on the natural, social, economic and industrial history of the Yukon with a focus on the territory’s capital city, Whitehorse.
For more information about Alaska’s museums and other up and coming exhibits, visit the Guide to Alaska Museums.