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University of Alaska Museum of the North

907 Yukon Dr., Fairbanks, AK 99775
907-474-7505
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Ranked #3 of 34 attractions in Fairbanks
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Natural History Museums, History Museums, Museums, Specialty Museums
Owner description: See the state's largest collection of gold and a mummified steppe bison, explore Alaska's Russian heritage and its gold-mining history and discover... more » Owner description: See the state's largest collection of gold and a mummified steppe bison, explore Alaska's Russian heritage and its gold-mining history and discover much more at this fascinating natural history museum. « less
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Stockton, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We spent half a day with our 2 grandchildren at the U of A Museum of the North. Several rooms of Alaskan artifacts--very nicely arranged. There are also drawers that can be pulled out to look at Alaskan antique dolls and other collectibles. The fine art was a wonderful surprise....really a unique collection. Check out the full size Out House... More

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Bellingham, Washington
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This is an extensive museum. We particularly liked the World War II display that described how Alaska people were treated in the Aleutian Islands. While this is a recommended place to see, don't miss the downtown visitor center. While it is perhaps "less scholarly", we actually spent more time there.

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Munich, Germany
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

You will lear a lot about the Alaskan culture from the past, present and future! Very friendly staff and a cool giftshop!

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This is a cool thing to do in Fairbanks. You can learn about Alaska's native and Russian and American history and art. Good artworks, natural history displays. Films are shown on the aurora borealis, how Alaskans spend their long dark winters, and other topics. A botanical garden down the hill of the campus is no threat to Brooklyn's, but worth... More

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Smithfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This was such a nice surprise. Art, wildlife, and Alaskan history were very well represented here. I really liked the room that had the animals, artifacts, and clothing with beautiful beadwork. This is a must see museum in Fairbanks.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We had a few hours in Fairbanks on our way yo Denali National Park so decided to spend it at the museum. Although I would say it was worth the standard admission, consider whether you really want to upgrade to the movies. The first one on the Northern Lights was very science driven and personally put me to sleep though... More

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Colorado
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is an excellent museum and one that travelers to Alaska should not miss to gain the most from their visit. There is also an extremely good gift shop with all kinds of Alaska handmade items.

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Hooksett NH
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148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This museum is located on the university campus on a high hill overlooking the town of Fairbanks. It's a very nice museum, well done with top quality exhibits. This museum gives you an excellent overview of Alaskan history, wildlife and human history as well. The admission cost is very nominal. Plan on about 2-3 hours here.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Some very interesting displays. Otto, the 8' tall grisly, the wooly mammoth skull, the incredibly huge piece of jade all worth a peek. The films were ok. Must admit I was sleep deprived and really had a hard time staying awake during films.o

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Bemidji, Minnesota
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Good stop if you are interested in Native Alaskan culture and the natural and human history of Northern Alaska. The museum is visually appealing from the outside, and the displays give a good feel of the way that both Native Alaskans and early explorers lived. The only disappointment was that some of the displays were a little hard to read... More

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