Blacks, Samoans, Filipino, and even Choctaw Indians need to pull out their wallets to see the exhibits at the Anchorage Museum.
But Alaska Natives get free admission, because the museum says it is on Eklutna Dena’ina land.
“The Anchorage Museum sits on the traditional lands of the Eklutna Dena’ina. We offer free Admission to Alaska Native visitors,” the website says.
Its mission, it states, is “To be a museum for people, place, planet, and potential, in service of a sustainable and equitable North, with creativity and imagination for what is possible.”
The museum and its race-based fee structure is funded in part by taxpayers of the Municipality. The municipality owns the museum facility and collections. Funding also comes from grants, and a major endowment that includes funding from the Rasmuson Foundation, Alaska’s largest and decidedly liberal philanthropic entity.
In the new equitable world of woke, the race-based fee structure is institutionalizing racism in Alaska, critics say.
For those who are not Alaska Native, the general fee structure is $25 for adults, or $20 for Alaska residents, $18 for senior, military and students, $12 for youth, and under 5 gets in free.
There are other ways to get free admission to the Museum, most notably to have a card that shows you are receiving food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Just whip out that EBT benefits card at the door. Also, your WIC card or Alaska Quest card will get you in the door. Also, first Fridays are free for everyone, regardless of their race, from 6 pm to 9 pm.