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Opening Events at The Anchorage Museum

OPENING CELEBRATION
Be the first to see the Anchorage Museum's newest attractions at an opening celebration on Saturday, May 22. This fun-filled event celebrates the completion of the museum expansion and the grand opening of four new spaces: Imaginarium Discovery Center, Thomas Planetarium, Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center and ConocoPhillips Gallery.

From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., visitors will enjoy live music and dance, demonstrations, talks, book signings and hands-on art, history and science activities for kids. Esteemed museum benefactors, elected officials and the expansion project team will speak at a noon ceremony.

Don't miss headlining act The Git-hoan Dancers, a Tsimshian dance group led by renowned carver David Boxley. The group is Seattle-based, but most of the dancers trace their ancestry to southeast Alaska. Dancing in their striking, carved masks, the performers relay Tsimshian legends such as Mouse Woman and the Cannibal Giant.

The day's activities also include Alaska Native games and dancing by the Alaska Native Heritage Center, wild bird presentations by the Bird Treatment and Learning Center, and a sneak peek at this summer's planetarium shows.

PLAN YOUR VISIT
HOURS: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 22

ADMISSION: Everyone needs a ticket to this event. Museum members are admitted free. Save time and print your tickets at home General admission is $10 adult, $8 student/senior/military, $7 ages 3 to 12, free ages 2 and younger.  Become a member or renew your membership on May 22 and receive two additional months free.

PARKING: The museum garage will be closed for this event. Free handicapped parking will be available on Sixth and Seventh avenues between C and A streets. Other parking within two blocks of the museum includes free street parking, a pay lot at Sixth Avenue and B Street, and the parking garages at the Fifth Avenue Mall and JC Penney.

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