The Pratt Museum Outdoor Exhibits offer a thoughtful and an aesthetic
view of the art, history, and nature of the Kenai Peninsula. Each exhibit
affords a unique experience filled with influences only found in Alaska.
botanical array of 150 species grace the garden pathways during the summer.
This habitat features only plant species native to the Kenai Peninsula.
Forget-me-nots and columbine, chocolate lilies and fireweed, cranberries
and Labrador tea. Each turn of the trail opens to a new community of flora.
The most remarkable of the habitats is the Alpine, which includes species
that normally grow at over 1000 feet in elevation, but are kept alive
at 100 feet through the magic of the Museum gardeners. A written plant guide is available at the admissions desk to help you identify plants in the garden.
Harrington Homestead Cabin
the Museum is the Harrington Cabin. It tells many stories about the hard-working
people who homesteaded the Kachemak Bay area. From hand tools and daily
diaries to crochet work and kitchen supplies, the history of a self-reliant
era encircles you with the clarity of a fossilized shell. Guided
tours are available in the summer. An oral history
recording can be played when a cabin interpreter is not present.
interpretive trail system is located adjacent to the Museum with outdoor
theater and annual art exhibits from June through September. The Forest
Trail has trail markers and a written guide describing a forest in transition
from dying old growth through bark-beetle kill, with emerging stands of
newly released trees. A written trail guide is available at the trailhead to help you in your
Facing the Elements
exhibition is completely open to the elements sun, wind, rain,
insects, birds, large and small animals and offers artists natural
surroundings as a unique backdrop. The forest is in transition and offers
many new opportunities for interpretation. We encourage poets, writers,
musicians, dancers, performance artists and actors to participate in this
unique exhibition along with visual artists. Artwork must be removable,
safe to visitors, stable and compatible with the environment. If you would
like to participate, please for the safety of curious children,
adults or animals no sharp or jagged objects. Sculptures may be
created on-site or at home.
Outdoor Performance Space
clearings system, including our forest amphitheater, represents reserved
places for evolving gatherings and collections. While what gathers and
collects cannot be predicted in a given time and place, the clearings
serve as flexible and adaptable space for the players in this landscape
to act out their inevitable comedies and tragedies. These wily and wooly
players are the human and the art-ifacts, the moose, the beetle, the forest,
and the water.