10352 Kenai Spur Highway
Kenai, AK 99611
Phone: (907) 283-6060
Fax: (907) 283-3874
Arts & Museums
Built in 1929, this building housed the workers that serviced the nearby sections of the Alaska Railroad. In 1979, the National Register claimed it as a Historic Place and now it hosts the Chugach State Park Headquarters. Check out the Alaskan Railroad car in the yard. Recently remodelled to to house the Kenai Visitor's Center, don't be surprised if you hear the train's engine roar as the working Alaskan Railroad passes by on nearby tracks.
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.
Beautiful blown glass vases, plates, bowls and decorative centerpieces grace this gallery with simplicity and beauty. In addition, a wide variety of stained glass items, sand carved glass and fused glass can be found. See website for further information.
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.
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.
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.