Facility Access Information

Wheelchair Parking Location
the museum
Main Entrance
9 steps one railing, but also fully-ADA ramp & railing
Accessible Entrance
Front entrance
Wheelchairs Available
at the front desk
Accessible Restrooms
Some restrooms are accessible
Accessible Restroom Location
first floor
Service Animals
Sitting Area Location
throughout museum galleries
Pre-Visit Information
Other Important Pre-Visit Information
Assistance is available for visitors with special needs. Please call (907) 465-2901 prior to the visit and let us know how we can help.
Visitor Information Desk
The following items are available. Please ask for them at the information desk
Large-print floor plans
Braille/tactile floor plans
Large-print brochures
Magnifying glasses
Notepad and pencil (for deaf and other visitors)
Other Resources
Please ask to see and touch objects in the hands-on collection, or ask if a docent (museum guide) is available. A Large Print Guide is available for our permanent galleries. Flashlights are also available for use since the galleries are lit to the 8 candle-foot power.
Tours and Scheduled Programs
Our Access Programs Use
Verbal Description Tours
Tactile diagrams
Verbal descriptions
Theaters, Auditoriums, Video Installations
Theaters and Auditoriums
Infrared system
Induction loop assistive listening system
Video Installations
Videos without sound are labeled “no sound.”
Videos with words have open captioning.
Captioning is available for live presentations upon advance request.
Soundsticks that are T-coil compatible are available
Other Programs for Audiences with Diverse Needs
Alzheimer’s, autism, special education tours, etc.
The Alaska State Museum is Alaska's premier cultural institution with permanent exhibits showing hundreds of objects from the museum's collection of Alaska Native objects, artifacts from the Russian America period (1741-1867) and items from the American period. Temporary exhibits showcase contemporary Alaskan artists. The museum is 2 floors with an elevator and a circling rampway that spirals around a life-size eagle nesting tree, leading to the second floor. Lighting is subdued to protect the objects - especially the colors on the textiles - from fading. However, flashlights are available at the front desk. Visitor services staff are available, any time the museum is open, to assist visitors with special needs. Objects from the hands-on collection are available so that visitors can get a closer look and feel of things like hundred-year-old snow goggles, unique inventions like a Tlingit halibut hook, and various pelts of animals used in Alaska Native artwork.