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The Office of Statewide Services provices many services to museums, historical societies, and related organizations across Alaska.

Information Services

Confronted with a problem? Looking for information? Wondering about proper procedures? The Curator of Statewide Services provides technical information on all areas of museum operations either directly or by referral. Information can be provided by phone, fax, mail or e-mail. The ASM maintains a reference library as well as extensive files on museum practices.

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Museum Chats Online

The Office of Statewide Services and Museums Alaska co-host a monthly online chat session to connect Alaska museums, share insights, and more. The chats are usually the third Wednesday of the month at 11 AM. To see the current schedule, view archived chats, join a chat, or access resources discussed in previous chats, please go to the Museum Chat page.


The Alaska State Museum awards grants to Alaska museums and museum-related organizations, such as historical societies or support groups, for projects that improve the quality of museum services and operations within the state. The grants are awarded on a competitive basis once a year. Application forms are available around April 1. See our Grants page.


The ASM publishes a quarterly newslettter, the Bulletin, as an information resource for Alaska's Museums. It carries articles on museum practices and opportunities and developments in the field, as well as news of events at the State Museum. Subscriptions are free. The Bulletin and Bulletin Archive are available online.

Loaning Collections

Under certain conditions, the Alaska State Museum loans materials from the collection to museums that meet required standards. Loans are negotiated with the Curator of Collections, who can be reached at 465.4826. View the Alaska State Museum's collections database.

Conservation & Environmental Testing

The Curator of Statewide Services can also provide a number of environmental testing devices to Alaska museums to monitor temperature, humidity and light. View our brochure [PDF] describing the environmental testing program. To contact the Curator of Statewide Services call 907.465.4806.

Guide to Museums

Museums Alaska maintains a current list of museums and cultural centers by city and by name within the state of Alaska.

Hands-on Loan Program

The Sheldon Jackson Museums maintains a Hands-on Loan program for schools, museums, and other educational institutions in Alaska. This program provides a variety of materials, including objects, photographs, slides, audio tapes and books. There is no charge for the service except for return shipping. You can view the database of hands-on loan materials online, or an extensive list of available materials is available from: Hands-On Loans, Sheldon Jackson Museum, 104 College Drive, Sitka, AK 99835. Phone 907.747.8981.

Lending Library

Books and videotapes on museum practices are available for loan through the Alaska State Library. Included are a series of 19 videotapes on preventive conservation topics.

Alaska Museums Listserv

The listserv will forward your e-mail message and/or inquiry to museum professional around the state. Subscribe to the akmuseums listserv.

Training Workshops

Workshops in various aspects of museum practices are provided from time to time either independently or in conjunction with Museums Alaska annual conferences. These are announced to the museum community on a case-by-case basis.

Traveling Exhibits

The Museum develops and circulates a number of compact, traveling exhibits for use by museums statewide. These are designed for institutions with limited space and are easy to install. Exhibitors are required to pay outgoing shipping. Among the exhibits currently available:

  • Kayaks of Alaska and Siberia,
  • Dolly Spencer: Inupiaq Dollmaker,
  • Dale DeArmond: The Nondalton Legends,
  • Lockwood De Forest Alaska Oil Sketches,
  • Alaska Positive 2004, and
  • Titanic of the North: The 1918 Wreck of the S.S. Princess Sophia

For more information on traveling exhibits, contact our Curator of Exhibits at 907.465.4819 or see our traveling exhibit webpage.

On-site Assessments

The Curator of Statewide Services is available for on-site visits to your museum to consult on most any aspect of museum operations, including exhibits, collections management, strategic planning, and more. A written report with recommendations can be provided. There is no charge for the service, but the host institution will be required to pay for travel costs.

Page last updated 12/03/2018