Anchorage Museum

Visiting the Museum

Explore ocean literacy through an interdisciplinary approach. Learn about this unique marine–debris focused expedition and exhibition with your students. Come prepared with the pre–developed downloadable student worksheets or register for one of our Gyre Guided Investigations led by a museum educator. After your Gyre: The Plastic Ocean exploration, visit the Imaginarium Discovery Center for more hands–on learning. You and your students will leave with a greater understanding of our complex ocean.


Available at 10:30 a.m. or noon Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, Feb. 11 through May 16, 2014. 45 minutes.

Students create a sea creature sculpture and learn about marine debris. Gyre and South Classroom. Arts Standards: A, D. Science Standards: C, D. Geography Standards: A, E.

Students learn how scientists and artists tackle topics like marine debris in their work. An educator facilitates a lively group discussion about finding environmental solutions and the importance of civic engagement. Gyre and South Classroom. Arts Standards: B, C, D. Science Standards: C, D. Geography Standards: A, E.

Available year–round
Students learn about Alaska sea creatures in the museum's marine life tanks, and discover how invertebrates are well–suited for marine environments. Imaginarium Discovery Center and North Classroom. Science Standards: A, C.

Available April 7 through May 16, 2014
This giant map the size of a racquetball court introduces the marvels of the Pacific Ocean. Students learn how the Pacific has been a barrier and a highway throughout human history. They explore the Mariana Trench, the deepest place on Earth, and the Great Barrier Reef, the largest living structure in the world. Students experience the Pacific as a living thing: active volcanoes giving birth to new islands, deep–sea vents supporting unique life forms, and phytoplankton blooms providing more than half of the planet's fresh air. Reserve at (907) 929–9280.


Tires Underwater by Elizabeth Leader
Pencil drawing
Buffalo, New York

Gyre Activity Guide
Gyre Educator Guide
Gyre Field Trip Sheet K-6
Gyre Field Trip Sheet 7-12