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North View.

From the rear of the Museum, the Rose Berry Alaska Art Gallery extends over Museum Store and research laboratories (left). The Museum's current building (right) houses the Gallery of Alaska.

      Expanded Museumm Will Share Alaska with the World      
On June 14, 2002, the University of Alaska Museum broke ground on a new addition. Inspired by Alaska's extraordinary landscape, environment and cultures, the University of Alaska Museum's expansion will embody the spirit of the Great Land. Light-filled spaces will welcome and inspire scholars, visitors and staff with expansive windows that highlight the spectacular views of the Alaska Range, Denali and the Tanana River Valley. Inside, Alaska's treasures will be protected and conserved - hundreds of thousands of biological, geological and cultural history specimens that tell our state's rich history and help us protect its health and well-being. Visitors to the expanded University of Alaska Museum will enjoy an entirely new experience - one not replicated elsewhere.

Opening in 2005, the expanded Museum will give future generations the opportunity to enjoy and learn from the Museum's irreplaceable collections. The expansion will double the size of the Museum to 81,000 square feet and will include:

The Research Center
The 28,000 square foot Research Center will nearly double the size of the Museum's current collections area to house and protect our natural and cultural history collections, and allow for necessary growth in the collections. Curators, collections managers and graduate students will have new offices and state-of-the-art research laboratories.

The Rose Berry Alaska Art Gallery
Just as the dramatic architecture of the expanded museum will convey a sense of Alaska, the 10,000 square foot Rose Berry Alaska Art Gallery will interpret art as an expression of the Alaska experience. The centerpiece of the expanded museum will bring the Museum's art treasures out of storage and into public view and give visitors a deeper understanding of the nature of artistic creation, interpretation and history. The National Endowment for the Humanities, through peer reviews, has lauded the interpretive plans for the gallery as "a model for 21st century art and anthropological museums."

The Learning Center
Education is central to the Museum's mission. The new 3,000 square foot Learning Center will enhance learning opportunities for visitors of all ages. It includes a Pre-College Education Center, a "Smart Classroom" for University students and an Art Study Room. A new education initiative being designed now will reach out to communities all across Alaska and serve as a model for museum-based education for years to come.

An Enhanced Visitor Experience
In addition to the Rose Berry Alaska Art Gallery and the Gallery of Alaska's innovative exhibits focusing on Alaska's five geographical regions, the expanded Museum will enhance the visitor experience with:

  • A Multimedia Auditorium featuring films, informative lectures, and performances by Alaska Native athletes and dancers; and
  • An expanded Museum Store, offering a selection of high-quality Alaska souvenirs, fine arts and educational material.
Advertise Sitework Project April 28, 2002
Notice to Proceed on Sitework June 12, 2002
Sitework Project Complete September 3, 2002
Advertise Building Project January 5, 2003
Award Building Project Contract March 10, 2003
Begin Construction of New Wing April 15, 2003
Complete New Wing November 2004
Begin Renovation of Original Building* December 2004
Construction and Renovation Project Completion May 2005
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