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The mission of Museums Alaska is to maintain an association of Alaska’s museum professionals and volunteers in order to provide opportunities for improvement of museum and cultural center services in Alaska and to enhance public understanding of the purposes and functions of Alaska’s museums and cultural centers.


  • Inclusive (be a neutral collaborator, listener, and partner)
  • Heritage (of local communities, regions, and the state)
  • Resource Sharing (for members and communities through programs and partnerships)
  • Sharing (serving as a neutral conduit between collecting and heritage institutions)
  • Supporting Unique Alaskan Needs (in creative and inclusive ways)


Museums Alaska is the statewide museum association of individuals and institutions committed to:

  • Preserving the natural and human history of Alaska;
  • Improving museums as educational institutions;
  • Promoting training of staff;
  • Acting as a clearinghouse for information of interest to museums;
  • Promoting the improvement of museums in all areas;
  • Cooperating with similar organizations, and
  • Promoting understanding of the purpose, function and areas of Alaska’s museums

To accomplish its organizational purpose, Museums Alaska maintains a central office to receive and disburse information about museums, cultural centers and their activities, and to collect and share professional opportunities. Museums Alaska organizes an annual conference to focus on the needs of Alaska museum professionals, volunteers, and their institutions.


This is the founding document for Museums Alaska.

Our most recent bylaws were approved by a vote by our membership in 2017. Bylaws are updated at least every five years, or more frequently as circumstances dictate.

This is Museums Alaska’s first strategic plan and we use it to guide us in our decision making. In the next few years, we will be working on a new strategic plan to guide us in 2021 and beyond. Museums Alaska is committed to providing outstanding offerings and opportunities to our membership.


In 1977, small group of Alaska museum people came together to hold an informal meeting to discuss their common concern over the lack of a unified voice to speak up for museums during the annual meeting of the Alaska Historical Society (AHS). As a result of this meeting, this group established the Museum Planning Committee as an unofficial subcommittee of the AHS. This subcommittee eventually decided to form a new and separate non-profit organization to focus on the specific needs of Alaska museums. Six years after that initial meeting, Museums Alaska filed its Articles of Incorporation in 1983. By 1987 Museums Alaska had expanded its membership, hired its first part-time executive director to provide membership services, and began publishing a quarterly newsletter, called Network.

For more information on the history of Museums Alaska, please refer to A Brief History of Museums Alaska by Gail Hollinger (2002).


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Fairbanks, AK 99775-6960

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