USA – 816 miles (1313km) north west of Juneau
get link Museum of Alaska Transportation & Industry
800 W Museum Drive
TEL: +1 (907) 376-1211
This is a transport museum.
The museum is open from Mother’s Day to Labor Day.
Check website for opening times and national holidays.
A museum dedicated to the history of transportation in Alaska’s unique climate.
The Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry (MATI) started in 1967 as the Air Progress Museum. It was a small collection of Alaskan transportation artifacts gathered for the centennial celebration of the United States purchasing Alaska from Russia in 1867. The exhibit was on International Airport Road in Anchorage.
It included six retired railroad cars that brought to Alaska as troop carriers during World War II. They were refurbished and filled with exhibits about Alaska’s transportation history. Those rail cars were named “The Centennial Train.” They became Alaska’s only rolling museum, traveling the rail belt from Seward to Fairbanks. The Centennial Train rested beside the museum for several years. Fire forced the museum to close its doors in 1973.
Several years later, a determined group of Valley residents arranged for the remains of the museum’s collection, charred aircraft, and The Centennial Train to be moved to Palmer. They hauled all they could preserve to the new location. In 1976, a 15-year non-renewable lease was signed, giving the museum a three-acre corner on the Alaska State Fair grounds. Along with this move came a new name, “The Transportation Museum of Alaska.”
The Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry (MATI) is now a private, non-profit corporation, governed by a volunteer board of directors. It is funded by museum admissions, gift shop sales, and donations from our members and friends.
MATI moved to its present location in 1992. We now have over 20 acres. In addition to a large gallery, we have a train yard, rows and rows of outdoor artifacts, and an exhibit hall. Many of the artifacts in the museum were donated by individuals. Some are on loan to us from the military or other organizations.
A gift shop.