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Museums

CULTURE AND HISTORY

If you love Alaska history, you'll want to delve into the many small-town museums throughout the Valley. Each community in the Valley has a unique story to tell-from Native settlements to turn-of-the-century gold seekers to Colony farm projects. The Mat-Su museums are truly one of a kind: you can tour an abandoned gold mining town at Independence Mine State Park in Hatcher Pass. Or savor a "blast from the past" aboard a live steam train at the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry. Re-live history at Iditarod Trail Headquarters by exploring Valley trails on a sled built for summer travel pulled by a dog team!

Alpine Historical Site, Sutton 
Outdoor display of the coal mining equipment used to mine the area's rich coal deposits.

Colony House Museum, Palmer 
Built in 1935, this refurbished home displays artifacts and information about the colonists from Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin who settled the Palmer area. Some of the tour guides are descendants of the first colonists and bring personal experience into the stories they tell.

Wasilla Museum, Wasilla 
Named after the mother of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, this museum features the area's first schoolhouse and sauna plus lots of historical information.

Museum of Alaska Transportation & Industry, Wasilla 
Over 20 acres of indoor and outdoor exhibits and displays tell the story of the people and the machines that opened Alaska to exploration and growth.

Knik Museum & Townsite, Wasilla 
During the town's heyday in 1915, over 500 residents lived in the town of Knik. Come see the remnants of the town and learn about those who once occupied the area.

Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Headquarters, Wasilla 
Open year-round, the headquarters offers iconic displays and fascinating information about the rich history and culture of Alaska's official state sport.

Talkeetna Historic District, Talkeetna 
Visit 15 historical sites all within walking distance of downtown Talkeetna. Ask for a map at the Talkeetna Historical Society Museum - and make sure to spend some time at the museum, where they have a scale model of Denali. Learn about how early day and modern-day climbers prepare for their perilous journey.