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The Alaska State Museum is Open on Veterans’ Day, free for Veterans

by Amy Carney on 2017-11-06T13:13:27-09:00 in Museums | Comments

The Alaska State Museum, in the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff Building, will be open to the public from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Veterans’ Day, Friday November 10th. Museum admission will be waived on this holiday for people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. This is a terrific opportunity to view the exhibits on the Aleutian Campaign of WWII and Alaska military history as well as take in the rest of the galleries. The newest exhibitions are Alaskan Solo Artist Shows by Annette Bellamy and David Papke.

The Historical Library will show the WWII documentary “Report from the Aleutians,” the official Army film documenting combat operations and daily life of soldiers, by famed Hollywood director John Huston at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the lecture hall at the APK Building. The film was produced as part of his enlistment in the U.S. Army during World War II. Huston and his crew spent 6 months filming on Adak. He wrote, directed, and narrated the film, and even filmed various sections of the film himself. While filming one bombing mission, shells from an attacking Japanese plane killed the gunner next to him. “Report from the Aleutians” won the New York Film Critics Circle Award (1943) and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary (1944). Huston’s film lost out to the film, “Divide and Conquer,” crafted by his commanding officer, Major Frank Capra. “Report from the Aleutians” is roughly 43 minutes long.

The Store at the APK and the Raven Café will also be open. The APK Building will be CLOSED on Saturday, November 11 in observance of Veterans’ Day.

Winter hours at the Museum are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discounted winter admission is $7, and those age 18 and under admitted free. An annual pass that allows unlimited visits to the Alaska State Museum and the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka is available for $35. Assistance is available for visitors who have special needs. Please contact Visitor Services at 465-2901 before the visit.

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