The non-profit Alaska Museum of Science & Nature fills a special need for science education in
Alaska. No other organization in the state educates
exclusively on Alaska's unique geological, cultural,
and ecological history.
In 1989, two University of Alaska, Anchorage professors
began a collaborative effort to establish a natural
history museum. The museum opened in Eagle River, Alaska
in May of 1994 and in addition to displaying exciting
natural science exhibits has provided regular science
education classes for school-aged children and adults.
the outset, the museum has energetically pursued it's
mission to study and exhibit natural history materials
relating to Alaska's natural history and to promote
and develop educational programs which benefit students
and enrich the curricula of schools and universities
in Alaska. While located in Eagle River, the museum
served over 4,000 local Alaskans and visitors annually.
In 2004, with the support of Anchorage Neighborhood
Housing Services, Inc., the Anchorage Assembly, and
Mayor Begich, a Community Development Block Grant of
$534,000 was obtained for the purchase of a 12,000 square
foot building at 201 N. Bragaw. This new home means
a significant increase in the exhibit space and out
ability to offer community programs and services.
Renovation of the building is underway. Future plalns
include the addition of a lobby, classroom, collections
area, library and a small theater.