The Alaska State Museum Adds Permanent and Temporary Exhibits

The three-dimensional Science on a Sphere exhibit is a high-tech highlight

By: By Skye Mayring

The Alaska State Museum, located in downtown Juneau on Whittier Street, is home to more than 31,000 artifacts, specimens and works of art. Recently, the museum has expanded its offerings with a new permanent exhibit, the three-dimensional Science on a Sphere exhibit, developed by NOAA researchers. The room-sized global display system uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data onto a six-foot diameter sphere. On this animated globe, clients can watch images of atmospheric storms, see climate change and observe the sunrise and sunset paths across Earth.

Opening on April 2, 2010, the museum will exhibit the work of Juneau painter Sue Kraft. Kraft has lived, worked and painted in Alaska for more than 30 years and has participated in numerous juried art shows in the state. She was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and earned her BFA from the University of Washington. Her work is represented in the permanent collections at the Alaska State Museum, the Anchorage Museum of History & Art, the State Art Bank, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, the ARCO Collection and the Alaska State Ferry MV Fairweather.

Volunteers offer tours of the museum during the summer and by special arrangement during the rest of the year. The museum’s store, operated by The Friends of the Alaska State Museum, features jewelry, carved objects and other arts and craft items made by Alaskans.

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