Tucked into a storefront area in downtown Anchorage, you can find a little gem of a museum. It’s a museum dedicated to the history of the law enforcement of Alaska.
The boys and I visited there with another homeschool family. We were given a bit of an overview of what the State Troopers do in Alaska in their conference room by another Laura. With only a handful of kids, they were able to ask questions that were on the top of their minds, too.
Some of the challenging questions posed to the kids included “What are the different ways do State Troopers get around the state?” Considering how much of Alaska is NOT connected by roadways, there are quite a few different modes of transportation. They may fly in, boat in, or even travel by sled with a team of dogs pulling them!
With such a large area to cover with what seems like a small handful of State Troopers, there is also a focus on safety education. Ms. Laura was happy to hear that my older boys had recently gone through a hunter’s safety education class and quizzed them a bit on what they learned. We also had 911 phone call practice in case they ever need to make that call.
Each of the kids left with a reflector bear to wear so they will be visible if walking or biking on the roads. Since we are entering the dark season, it is definitely a good idea to do anything to increase your visibility. Thankfully, I do not have to worry about them walking to the bus stop each day with a fear of being hurt by a motorist skidding down the hill or any wildlife being wildlife.
The physical museum is on the small side, yet contains a lot of interesting items. Little J didn’t like the idea of Mom taking too much time to look at things, so I just might need to head back later this year. Considering admission is free (with parking in the attached garage at $1 per hour) and the Anchorage Museum is a short walk away, I think it will be a great place to visit again.
Enjoy some of the photos I was able to snap while there..
You can purchase the coffee pictured above at their gift shop, either in person or on-line.