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Top Choice Museum in Anchorage

Anchorage Museum

What was once simply Alaska’s best museum is now a world-class facility thanks to the 2010, $106 million expansion of Anchorage’s cultural jewel. The West Wing, a four-story, shimmering, mirrored facade, added 80,00…
Top Choice Cultural Center in Anchorage

Alaska Native Heritage Center

To experience Alaska Native culture firsthand, you can travel to the Bush or come to this 26-acre center and see how humans survived – and thrived – before central heating. This is much more than just a museum: it r…
Top Choice Cafe in Anchorage

Snow City Café

Consistently voted best breakfast by Anchorage Press readers, this busy cafe serves healthy grub to a clientele that ranges from the tattooed to the up-and-coming. For breakfast, skip the usual eggs and toast and tr…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Anchorage

Bubbly Mermaid

Perch like a mermaid (or mer-man) at the prow of the boat the Bubbly Mermaid uses for a bar as you pour champagne and local oysters down your throat. It's small, intimate and unique. Bubbly is $7 to $12; oysters $3 …
Museum in Anchorage

Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum

On the south shore of Lake Hood, the world’s busiest floatplane lake, this museum is a tribute to Alaska’s colorful bush pilots and their faithful planes. Housed within are 25 planes along with historic photos and d…
Museum in Anchorage

Fraternal Order of Alaska State Troopers Law Enforcement Museum

Most of us would rather avoid the police. But who can resist a museum dedicated solely to the state's troopers? Displays are dedicated to law enforcement, starting from when Alaska was a territory. The storefront mu…
Zoo in Anchorage

Alaska Zoo

The unique wildlife of the Arctic is on display at this zoo, the only one in North America that specializes in northern animals, including snow leopards, Amur tigers and Tibetan yaks. Alaskan native species, from wo…
University in Anchorage

University of Alaska Anchorage

UA-Anchorage is the largest college campus in Alaska, but there is far less to do here than at its sister school, UA Fairbanks. The Campus Center is home to a small art gallery and the bookstore, which has a good se…
Museum in Anchorage

Alaska Heritage Museum

Inside the midtown Wells Fargo bank, this museum is home to the largest private collection of Alaska Native artifacts in the state and includes costumes, baskets and hunting weapons. There are also original painting…
Gardens in Anchorage

Alaska Botanical Garden

The garden is a colorful showcase for native species, where gentle paths lead you through groomed herb, rock and perennial gardens in a wooded setting. The mile-long Lowenfels Family Nature Trail – built for tanks d…