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“Excellent museum of Alaska History”

University of Alaska Museum of the North
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US$105.00*
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Alaskan Heritage Tour in Fairbanks
Ranked #6 of 100 things to do in Fairbanks
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Discover Alaska Native cultures, natural wonders and diverse wildlife all in one stop. Explore 2,000 years of Alaska art. See the state's largest collection of gold and a mummified steppe bison. Discover treasures from thousands of years of cultural history. Learn about Arctic dinosaurs and other research by museum scientists. Breathtaking architecture and award-winning exhibits make the museum an extraordinary destination. Movies shown daily. Museum Store and Cafe on site. Behind-the-Scenes Tours of the museum's labs and research space during the summer. Open year-round on the UAF campus. The University of Alaska Museum of the North is a thriving visitor attraction, a vital component of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the only research and teaching museum in Alaska. The museum's research collections - more than 1.5 million artifacts and specimens - serve as a valuable resource for research on climate change, genetics, contaminants, and other issues facing Alaska and the circumpolar North. Summer Hours: Daily 9am - 7pm Winter Hours: Mon - Sat 9am - 5pm
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage
Reviewed 4 April 2018

The museum is in an attractive building at the University. Its largest gallery is basically Alaskan history, with some stuffed animals for the natural environment. Don't miss Blue Babe the bison. There are some fascinating bits of information here, for example there is an extensive section on the little-known Aleut internment during WWII. The art gallery is top notch for Alaskan art. The museum is a gem if you are looking for something to do during the day prior to your Aurora hunting.

Thank John G
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"natural history"
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"sound room"
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"special exhibit"
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"during wwii"
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"beautiful building"
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"stuffed animals"
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"gift shop"
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"native art"
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"interesting exhibits"
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"aurora borealis"
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"northern lights"
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"great displays"
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"two hours"
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"couple of hours"
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"rainy day"
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"great place to visit"
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"on display"
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

This was a wonderful museum. Learned so much about Alaska and the history and residents we really enjoyed the Aurora film too.

Thank Chief21
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Everything I read and heard about this museum turned out to be true. It's a fantastic tribute to Native Alaskan artists, the native animals of Alaska, it's prehistoric life, and everything in between. The museum is in a beautiful, open and clean building and everyone who works there is super helpful. I loved the people in the museum store especially; they helped me pick some gifts for my family and took the time to explain the artwork I chose. This was one of my favorite things I did in Fairbanks!

Thank Katherine M
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

This is a small but super nice museum. My 16 and 7 year old sons had fun. The exhibitions are nicely displayed and interesting. There is also an auditorium that has 3 different short movies scheduled throughout the day.

Thank aliss811
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

The information and displays almost similar to Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center. I would suggest visiting this place if you don't have much time to visit both places

Thank SanjeevaJayasinghe
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