Those looking for an indoor way to learn about the natural history of Alaska will love the Alaska Museum of Natural History. The non-profit museum features several exhibits that provide a natural science education to visitors and residents of the state. It is the only organization in Alaska that features educational displays concerning the cultural, geological, and ecological history of the area. Included in the museum's collection are artifacts from Alaska's biological, anthropological, historical, geological, artistic, and educational history. During the eleven years the museum has been in operation is has collected more than 10,000 objects. Permanent displays include wildlife dioramas, mounted animals and birds, and skeletons and skulls of men, moose, and birds, as well as minerals and rocks, fossils, and artifacts from archaeological sites in Alaska. Exhibits featured include The Volcano Simulator where visitors can create an active volcano complete with lava and The Dinosaurs of Alaska display that features lessons about the lives of these prehistoric creatures. Before or after visits, teachers and parents can print activity sheets for kids to enhance the learning experience of their visit. Those visiting Anchorage or those who live in the area will enjoy a visit to this museum and they will leave with a firm grasp of the natural history of the state.
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