As part of the Anchorage walking tour, the Oscar Anderson House Museum is located in Elderberry Park right near the water. It is a display of how a Swedish immigrant lived a long time ago. The house is quaint, small, and features a beautiful garden surrounding the home. The home dates back to the city's founding in 1915. There is a guided tour of the museum, and offers a 45-minute explanation of Anchorage's history and the history of the home. Mr. Anderson's life and career were diverse and he claimed to have been the 18th person to step foot in Anchorage. He made his living working in coal, meat, and aviation. Following his death in 1974 the house became a bit of a relic and still contained many of his relative's original belongings. There is a player piano from 1909 and the structure was actually built around the piano. The home was the first wood-framed house in Anchorage and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The home is situated adjacent to the famous Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. There is a small admission charge to tour the museum. Other nearby attractions include the Alaska Law Enforcement Museum, the Alaska Railroad Depot, and the Alaska Statehood Museum. Hotels in the area include Best Western Golden Lion Hotel, the Hampton Inn, the Hilton Garden Inn Anchorage, and many more.
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