by Channel 2 News staff
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Hundreds of Alaska Native artifacts are back in Alaska after years at the Smithsonian Institute.
Tuesday, the Anchorage Museum offered a sneak peek at 600 objects made by Alaska Natives.
The items are on loan for seven years from the Smithsonian.
The exhibit is part of the new Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center.
The exhibit also has several interactive features where visitors can learn about Native cultures through touch screens and 3D images.
"This exhibition hall is very unique because we literally have a Smithsonian Institution museum inside the Anchorage Museum and there isn't any other arrangement like this in the world," museum director James Pepper Henry said.
The center opens to the public May 22.