The Museum’s newest cultural exhibit, Molly of Denali: An Alaskan Adventure has opened to the public. Set in a fictitious rural Alaskan village close to Denali called Qyah, the series follows the adventures of ten-year-old Molly Mabray, her family, friends, and dog Suki, and is infused with Alaska Native values, history, traditions and language.
The exhibit showcases Alaska and Molly’s life in the summer and winter seasons. Visitors can pretend to fly a replica bush plane, drive a snowmobile and navigate a snow maze in snowshoes. The center of the exhibit will feature the Trading Post and the Tribal Hall from the series, and guests will have the opportunity to explore the great outdoors of Alaska including ice fishing, navigating replica ice sculptures and caring for sled dogs.
Molly of Denali is committed to the involvement of Alaska Native voices in all aspects of the production, both on screen and behind the scenes. In developing this exhibit, the Magic House engaged an advisory committee that included Alaska Native educators and other professionals to assist in interpreting Alaska Native culture and current-day life in Alaska to create a representative exhibit. Visitors will explore Alaska Native culture with interactive learning opportunities at the Tribal Hall, and the Trading Post will feature Alaska’s geography, unique activities and native animals. Attendees can interact with Molly of Denali videos and games, available on the pbskids.org, through technology that is integrated into the Trading Post.
The exhibit is scheduled to open to the public on Saturday, May 14, 2022 and will remain at The Magic House through January 2023 before beginning a national tour of children’s museums. Molly of Denali: An Alaskan Adventure is included with admission to the Museum. For more information, visit www.magichouse.org.