Alaska's Largest Museum Named Smithsonian Affiliate

Affiliation brings relationship to a whole new level

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by Mike Ford

The Anchorage Museum announced Monday that they have been named an official Smithsonian affiliate, making the museum the first affiliate in the 49th state.

The designation formally acknowledges the museums longtime partnership with the Smithsonian institution and increases opportunities for collaboration. In 2010 the museum debuted a world class exhibition of 600 Alaska native artifacts on long term loan from the Smithsonian.

This new relationship opens a lot of doors for the Anchorage Museum according to museum director Julie Decker. "It means we can have those conversations about other museums within the Smithsonian network, with other museums that have affiliate status as well, so it means we may be able to bring new things to Alaska and export other things from Alaska to these places "