The Roundhouse at Alyeska Museum

Alaska's Only Mountaintop Museum and Interpretive Center

Archival Grant

A $10,000 matching grant offered through Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area Organization granted the Roundhouse at Alyeska Museum a grant with monies raised with the assistance of fundraising efforts. These moneis were applied to a much needed historic archive project.

The archive files are digital and available to the public for education purposes.

Cultural Events in Girdwood

The amazing list of visual and musical artists that have continually supported the Roundhouse Museum through their volunteer gifts of music and talents since 2014 are:

Patty and Dave Hamre – string instruments
Sarah Barthaolomew – viola and fiddle
Sarahndipity – string youth group
Bayou Glacee – Cajun style music
Teresa Ascone – author and artist of the Alaska Berry Fairy Tale books
Kitty Kincaid – silk artist of Kincaid Art Tech
Eva Earl – songwriter, singer, guitar player

Alaskan authors:
Willie Hensley, Fifty Miles from Tomorrow
James Barnett, Captain Cook in Alaska, North Pacific
Jean Persons, M.D., From Dog Sleds to Float Planes
Matthias Breitter, Bears A Year in the Life, Wild Alaska, Inside Passage,
Bear of Katmai
Dan Bigley, Beyond the Bear
Kaylene Johnson, Trails Across Time
James Sweeney, Alaska Expedition Marine Life Solidarity

They have volunteered their time presenting their books which offer interesting aspects of Alaska and the surrounding area to benefit the Roundhouse Museum.

Grayson Davey at the Roundhouse

Grayson Davey is an Alaskan who is passionate about the outdoors and loves all Alaska has to offer. He will be at the Roundhouse for a special opening on Saturday, March 26—the day before Easter!

roundhouse-flyer-march-2016-2Alaska Paracord Designs was founded in 2013 by Grayson Davey at age 11. We had a dear friend and his daughter almost die of hypothermia and exposure because their boat flipped in a river and they were unable to start a fire for three days. All their gear washed away and they swam to the sandbar only to find that they had lost the contents of their pockets (matches, lighter, etc) and shoes.

All too often, the difference between life and death in Alaska or any other remote adventure comes down to the ability to start a fire and make shelter. Survival experts will tell you when your plane goes down or your raft flips over, all you will likely have to survive is what is on your body at that moment. The Alaska Survival Bracelet, in particular, will be there on your wrist when you may need it most.

Don’t miss it!

Grayson Davey Demonstrations
Roundhouse Special Event

Saturday, March 26
Two Demonstratons

Noon and 2 p.m.

Ava Earl at the Roundhouse

AvaEarlTo celebrate the last weekend of the summer season, local singer/songwriter Ava Earl will be performing at the Roundhouse this Saturday and Sunday! The 12-year-old Ava will be playing songs from her CD titled “Chronicles of a Best Friend,” from 12:30 to 2:30 each day. Ava’s CDs will be available for purchase during her show.

Roundhouse gift shop items are also on sale this week as we prepare for our fall break. Stop by to hear Ava sing and see what’s available!

Ava Earl Live
Saturday & Sunday, September 19 & 20
12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

More about Ava’s Roundhouse appearance can be found here (PDF), and more about her music can be found at

Guest artist at the Roundhouse for Blueberry Festival

KATsilkSilk artist Kitty Kincaid, founder of Kincaid Art Tech, will be at the Roundhouse this weekend, August 8 & 9, during Alyeska Resort’s Blueberry Festival.

Kitty creates wearable art with hand-painted silk scarves and sarongs. Each of Kitty’s designs is a unique work of art. She works inside her “plastic palace of creativity,” letting the heat of the summer sun help to generate new designs and set the painting on the silk. Some designs happen by sheer accident!

Kitty’s silks are machine-washable and are a piece of wearable art. Come check out K.A.T.’s Silks at the Roundhouse this weekend!

K.A.T.’s Silks with Artist Kitty Kincaid
Saturday & Sunday, August 8 & 9, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Book Signing with Matthias Breiter

Award-winning photographer Matthias Breiter is coming to the Roundhouse!

On Saturday, July 11, from 11am to 3pm, Matthias will be available to sign and discuss his books Inside Passage, Bears of Katmai, and Bears—A Year in the Life.

Matthias Breiter

Matthias Breiter

Matthias Breiter is a professional photographer and cinematographer, internationally renowned and highly respected author, publisher, outdoorsman, educator and a friend of nature. He has spent most of the past 25 years researching the daily lives and habits of black, brown and polar bears. He is the author of 14 books, and believes in making a difference by exposing people to the beauties and wonders of nature through photography, print, presentations and cinematography so that they may work for the preservation of such gifts for future generations.

His articles and photography have been published in many major magazines including National Geographic, GEO, BBC Wildlife, Canadian Geographic, Outdoor Photographer and numerous other scientific and photographic publications. Matthias has been a frequent lecturer at zoos and also the Smithsonian Institution about bear biology and bear conservation. He has worked as a cinematographer for the National Geographic Society, Discovery Channel, and  other broadcasters on documentaries on polar bears, brown bears and environmental issues in the Arctic.

Inside-PassageCome meet Matthias and get your book signed!

Saturday, July 11, 2015
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Roundhouse at Alyeska Museum


Call for Stories

You’re invited to share your stories and memories about Girdwood’s past.

The Roundhouse at Alyeska Museum and Crow Creek Mine are working together to publish a history book. We’ll tell the story of Glacier City and Girdwood through the original source materials of the people who have lived and worked here since Glacier City began.

Have anything to share? We’re looking for original documents, photographs, journals, letters, stories, oral histories, and anything else that’s related to the history of the valley.

Join your community at Crow Creek Mine on Friday June 5th for a potluck BBQ beginning at 4:30pm. Come and enjoy some good storytelling and share your memories of Girdwood.

For more information or to RSVP, please email us at or via our Contact page.

Now Hiring for Summer 2015

We’re gearing up for the summer season at the Roundhouse Museum, and we have positions available!

We’re looking for energetic and responsible individuals with strong customer service skills, who love to share their knowledge of Alaska and Girdwood.

We are filling positions for May through August, and we have full and part time available.

If you’re interested, or know someone who is, please send us your resume! Email it to or fax it to 907-222-5902. Or, contact us for more information.