Comfort Suites Anchorage International Airport
2919 W International Airport
Anchorage, AK 99502
Phone: (907) 243-8080
Fax: (907) 243-8100
Arts & Museums
Planes dating from 1924-1960 are located here, painstakingly restored, and situated next to recorded entries and information about their use and pilots. Pioneer aviators' gear and brief biographies are in the main building. Placard after placard relates stories of these aviation heroes, many of whose lives were ended prematurely by their dangerous occupation. WWII artifacts and accounts are here also, giving testament to the prominent role Alaska played during that war. Admission: Adults USD8, Seniors USD8, Children 5-12 USD6.
As the largest art gallery in Anchorage, this establishment carries works by Bateman, Brenders, Lyman, Smith, Tussey, Machetanz and more. It also houses an enormous selection of works by Bev Doolittle, an artist known for hiding images within her paintings. Offering free delivery of new releases and a layaway plan, the gallery is helpful and quick to assist in any special shopping needs you may have. Note: This is a dealer for the Millpond Press Greenwich Workshop.
This outstanding collection, created in 1968 by the National Bank of Alaska, is dedicated to providing insight into native Alaskan culture and Alaskan history. It is one of the largest privately owned public displays within Alaska. The exhibits include artifacts as much as 2,000 years old, paintings from the best-known names in Alaskan history, hand-crafted baskets from each of the state's native groups, a collection of 1895 rifles, a collection of ivory carvings and more than 2,800 rare books about Alaska and its natives. Admission is free.
Since 1990, this museum's displays have educated the public on Alaska's rich natural history. All of the items collected by the museum have been donated or loaned by Alaska residents. Permanent exhibits include collections of Alaska dinosaurs and marine reptiles, Alaskan archaeology, and Alaskan paleontology. The museum holds the largest exhibits of Alaskan rock, mineral and fossils, and also showcases native artifacts dating back 11,000 years. From time-to-time, the museum also presents traveling exhibits from the Lower 48. Most exhibits are fascinating for people of all ages.
Part of the Anchorage walking tour, this house (circa 1915) was built by the self-proclaimed "18th person" to walk into Anchorage, Oscar Anderson. Restored in 1982, it is open for guided tours Memorial Day to Labor Day (approximately May 27-September 2). Get a glimpse of the life style of the Anderson's, and learn more about the early history of Anchorage (1915-1925). The home is directly adjacent to the paved Tony Knowles Coastal Trail that follows the Inlet. Admission: Adults USD2; seniors USD1; children USD1.
Tucked into the building where Simon's & Seafort's Saloon & Grill is located, this varied and colorful gallery holds many treasures. Friday's gala events of artist shows lend opportunities to meet artists. Or, stop in for a bit of browsing, anytime. Colorful hand-blown glass centerpieces, Bev Doolittle paintings, chimes, paintings, murals, sculptures and other items of interest fill this small shop. Around the corner from the Snow City Cafe and the Copper Whale Inn this gallery rests just above the hill from the Oscar Anderson historical home and the Cook Inlet.
Known for its selection of original fine art only, this store also has special departments for furniture, interior design and gift shopping. The gallery contains predominantly Alaskan artworks, in a variety of media including drawings, paintings, sculpture, fiber art, pottery, ceramics and glass. The spacious gallery is located on the first floor of a large office building, directly across from the Hotel Captain Cook and is only blocks from the delightful Glacier Brewhouse.
Since the late '80s, this museum has provided a place for children to learn about the miracles of science. The exhibits housed here include a bubble lab, planetarium/galaxy room, displays of reptiles and hands-on Alaska marine life. Permanent displays share the floor with traveling exhibits. A busy schedule of outreach programs offers learning opportunities for children all over Alaska. Summer camps and daily year-round educational programs bring fun and science together. Admission: Adult $5; children and seniors $4.50.
Nationally recognized muralist Wyland has painted a mural that is 400 feet in length and five stories in height (on the J.C. Penney's wall) depicting underwater whales with icebergs floating above them. The scene is particularly Alaskan because of the mountains of ice in the background and the fur seals shown resting on the icebergs. Elsewhere in the U.S., Wyland has painted humpback migrations and scenes of great blue whales (found in Pacific Coast cities along Hwy 101).
Alaska's first elected governor was William Egan, and this convention center was named in his honour. It is the state's largest convention and meeting center, with more than 40,000 square feet of conference area. More than a block in length, it features a front wall made entirely of curved glass parallel to Fifth Avenue. The lobby houses a constant display of Native art, including sculptures, beading and carvings. There is no admission fee for viewing the center.
See the rare Byron Birdsall stone lithographs from the 80s and admire the ceramic pieces created by artist Robin McLane. Check out the variety of Alaskan wildlife art by Donna Gates King and Ed Tussey. See the selection of pastel originals by Guitta Corey, then browse through a variety of modern artwork and in contrast, the Native masks created by Lester Newell. This gallery has a huge selection with 90 percent of it being Alaskan art.
This place is a much more entertaining destination than you might guess. Daily programs at 2pm include discussions led by park rangers, zoo personnel or guest presenters. These experts talk about a variety of topics such as nature, wildlife and natural, local features. The presentations occasionally include a visit from an Alaskan animal. Check out the hourly videos of bears, earthquakes and more. Hundreds of maps are available here, as well as a computer planning station to assist in mapping a day of trips, hikes and adventures. No admission charge.