Alaska News

Topping out the Anchorage Museum's new expansion

The Anchorage Museum celebrated a milestone on Wednesday as ironworkers perched high above Sixth Avenue secured the final structural steel beam, officially topping out the new $24 million expansion. Watching from the ground below were museum director Julie Decker, architect John Weir and project manager Luke Blomfield.

"This will allow us to have more of our art collection on view," said Decker. "It's a realization of our master plan. Even in tough economic times, I think it's important for our community to think about the future."

Work will continue on the new 25,000-square-foot expansion, with an opening planned for September 2017, coinciding with the unveiling of the re-envisioned Alaska Gallery.

Loren Holmes

Loren Holmes is a staff photojournalist at the Anchorage Daily News. Contact him at