Not wanting to lose any time of the last bits of my holiday, I arrived at the museum bright and early. It was a large grey building with a lot of fritted glass used in the design. I was glad that it was toasty warm on the inside! I rubbed my gloved hands together in anticipation and set off to find the map.
I was most interested in seeing their collection of paintings. There were seven galleries on the ground floor, the ones that I liked best were by Sydney Laurence. He’s an artist from Alaska , possibly the most famous from Alaska. A majority of his paintings were landscapes of Alaska, he captured the lofty peaks, the shiny white slopes and the super-green evergreens with amazing detail.
The museum also had a collection of artefacts that were native to Alaska, this was probably done with the aim of educating tourists like me on the way of life that the people of Alaska have had.
I saw a notice that implied that they also hold classes and educational programs at the museums on select days. I stumbled on an enormous room that was the Library! It was a large and I mean LARGE room with shelves all around just packed with books. Neatly arranged and spotlessly clean. There was none of that old musty smell that some libraries have. On enquiry, I found that it had over 12,000 books but it’s the non-circulating kind so no one could borrow any books but we were welcome to read them there.
I was quite lost in all my excitement and didn’t realise till quite late that I had forgotten about lunch! This was definitely one of the highlights of my stay.