Leisure trips may be hard, or impossible, during the pandemic, but it’s still possible to make a virtual visit to Alaska museums and experience the state from the comfort of your couch. Check out these virtual exhibits and other experiences. They’re not the same as the real thing, but they can provide a taste of the state and teach you a whole lot along the way!

Alaska State Library

There’s no need to travel to Juneau to experience the the Alaska State Library. Their online exhibits offer a taste of the historic documents and photos that help us see into the state’s history. Learn about a century of baseball in Alaska. Browse images of famous Alaska shipwrecks. Even embrace the Iditarod season and look through images of sled dogs working and racing.

Museum of the North

This Fairbanks-based museum has a dynamic online exhibit about the history of earthquakes in Alaska. See videos, experience an immersive exhibit, and explore old newspaper clippings with ShAKe.

You can also scroll through digital images of the largest collection of Arctic butterflies in the world. Or learn about the history of indigenous people in Alaska and what life was like in 1867.

Outdoor Experiences

If you want to switch it up and experience something other than a museum or historical trove, try some immersive videos of outdoor explorations. Experience beautiful Alaskan scenery on this journey with a park ranger into a crevasse in Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park. Join visitors exploring southeast Alaska’s glaciers and bays with this 2.5-minute compilation of 365-degree video.

Anchorage Museum

Anchorage Museum building with pianos out front
The Anchorage Museum, located at the corner of 6th Ave. and C St., has exhibits on the art, history, culture and science of Alaska. Photo by Serine Reeves.

Journey back inside with a visit to the galleries at the Anchorage Museum. Or listen in to the museum’s podcast and language lessons. Get to know some of Alaska’s creators with their collection of artist profile videos.

Alutiiq Museum

This digital walkthrough of the Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak offers 365-degree views of the exhibits. Click on some elements along the tour to learn more about items on display. Turn your volume up to hear Alutiiq words and phrases.

Enjoy your virtual visit to Alaska and get excited about the next time you’re able to experience the state in person!

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