For the last 50 years, the Museum of Alaska Transportation & Industry in Wasilla has kept our state’s transportation history alive.

 

Sitting on 20 acres, it boasts a collection of vehicles from as far back as the early 1900s.

 

Daybreak co-anchor James Gaddis and AKontheGo.com‘s Erin Kirkland recently took a tour of the family-friendly museum, led by resident historian, Miss Matie.

 

“We have a lot of refurbished vehicles. One was the touring car for Warren T. Harding when he drove the Golden Spike in for completion of the railroad,” explained Matie. “We have fire engines, trains and the opportunity to go through rail cars– which have exhibits. We have a lot of tractors, jets, freight planes and some of the very first snow machines.”

 

The museum makes for a great one-day getaway for families, as kids are encouraged to get hands-on with some of the exhibits and vehicles.

 

“If you bring in small children, they, by nature, are going to want to touch,” said Matie. “It’s an enjoyable sort of thing, particularly when they get out in the yard and look at the old, old fire engines, the old cats, the kind of vehicles that helped build the ALCAN highway. It’s part of giving them an education.”

 

Matie recommends you set aside at least two hours to explore the museum, which has exhibits inside and out. Before or after, you can enjoy lunch on their front yard picnic area, complete with gazebo, picnic tables and benches.

 

The museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

For admission prices, directions and schedule of special events, click here.