Oscar Anderson House Museum

#8 in Best Things To Do in Anchorage
Oscar Anderson House Museum
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420 M Street

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Historic Homes/Mansions, Museums, Sightseeing Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
4.1scorecard
  • 4.5Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 4.0Atmosphere

When it was first founded, the city of Anchorage was just a jumble of tents. That is, until Oscar Anderson came along. The city butcher built the first permanent home in 1915, and although it's not in its original location, this house offers an interesting glimpse of life in young Anchorage. Guided tours offer insight into how Anderson (a Swedish immigrant) and his family lived, while original artifacts give this historic building a genuine lived-in feel. Recent visitors praised the guided tours, which they said make them feel like they've stepped back in time. 

The Oscar Anderson House Museum sits on the northern corner of Elderberry Park in downtown Anchorage, boasting great views of the waterfront. You can tour from noon to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sundays during the summer. Admission is $10 per adult and $3 per child 12 and younger. 

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