Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum

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The Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing the culture, history, and artistry of Nome and the Bering Strait.

The Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum in Nome, Alaska reopened in the new Richard Foster Building in October 2016. The environmentally-controlled Museum comprises a collections storage area, conservation and object preparation lab, visiting research room, and two exhibit galleries.

The 3,200 square foot Main Gallery features the long-term exhibition Nome: Hub of Cultures and Communities Across the Bering Strait. Over 50 community collaborators participated in interviews, shared stories, and contributed photographs for the exhibition, which showcases historical and cultural objects from the Bering Strait. The exhibition revolves around five main themes that address topics of Arctic concern including subsistence and the environment, mining, the built landscape, transportation, and sustainability. Visitors can explore a series of immersive environments such as a miner’s tent, gold dredge, and Inupiat skin boat and watch films on fishing and dredging featuring local residents. The exhibition blends technology with hands-on interactives to connect past and contemporary narratives and is positioned as an essential place to inform, engage, and inspire discussion on the historical legacy and cultural vitality of Nome and the Bering Strait region.

The Special Exhibit Gallery highlights contemporary artwork from Alaska. Visitors can currently view unique designs in wood by celebrated artist Ron Senungetuk in the retrospective exhibition: Ron Senungetuk: Carving a Path of Cultural Continuity on exhibit until April 30, 2018.

The Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum is located at 100 W 7th Avenue, Nome, AK inside the Richard Foster Building.

Hours:  Monday-Thursday, 12pm-7pm; Friday-Saturday, 12pm-6pm; Sunday, Closed.

Admission:  Nome Residents: $4 Adults, $3 Youth and Elders; Non-Residents: $7 Adults, $6 Youth and Elders

FREE: Museum Members, Youth under 5, Every Friday!

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Dr. Amy Phillips-Chan,
Museum Director

100 W 7th Ave
Nome, AK 99762
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  • Phone: (907) 443-6630
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    Monday-Thursday: 12pm-7pm Friday-Saturday: 12pm-6pm

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