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University of Alaska Museum of the North

Address: 907 Yukon Dr., Fairbanks, AK 99775
Phone Number: +1 907-474-7505
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Alaskan Heritage Tour in Fairbanks
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Ranked #4 of 34 Attractions in Fairbanks
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Natural History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: See the state's largest collection of gold and a mummified steppe...
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Type: History Museums, Natural History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: See the state's largest collection of gold and a mummified steppe bison, explore the art of Alaska and discover treasures from thousands of years of cultural history. 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 - 1.5 million artifacts and specimens - are organized into 10 disciplines (archaeology, birds, documentary film, earth sciences, ethnology/history, fine arts, fishes/marine invertebrates, insects, mammals, and plants) and serve as a valuable resource for research on climate change, genetics, contaminants and other issues facing Alaska and the circumpolar North.
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Hamilton, null, Bermuda
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Whatever they got there is amazing but perhaps my bad, I was expecting more.. Seeing all the animals from the North was amazing though.

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los angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

I the middle of nowhere lies an exquisitely beautiful museum from the standpoint of architecture. The exhibits are laid out well for easy exploration. I really enjoyed the longer than usual films on the Aurora Borealis and the history of the Aleuts in WWII. One can pay an extra $5.00 to watch all of the other films but I was... More 

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Monterey, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

This museum was a great attraction when we wanted to do something indoors when it was ridiculously cold outside. A wide variety of interests are covered: flora & fauna of the area, Alaska land history, art, and native-Alaskan history. It's not a huge museum, but adequate given the size of Fairbanks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 via mobile

Wonderful mix of natural history, ethnography and art (traditional and modern)! Only wish i'd had more time (and I wad in there for 3 hours!)

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

The Museum of the North is a nice place to spend a couple hours when it is ridiculously cold outside. There are some wonderful animals, a few pieces of native art, and a decent history of Alaska. Yet, if you are expecting a larger museum experience, you will be disappointed. Remembering that this is the relatively small city of Fairbanks,... More 

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Always bring first time visits from family and friends here, doesn't matter what time of year. The exhibits are well laid out and the gift shop is full of desirables.

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Greenville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I am a museum addict. I love walking around and looking and learning about things and places. When in Fairbanks my uncle brought my daughter and I (my second time) and we loved it. It gave you a great overview of the history of Alaska and all that makes it an amazing state. They have recently moved into a new... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The museum is ok, they have lots of animals and bones but in my opinion it is better to soend your time outside rather than in that museum.

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Dana Point, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Our family stopped in for a visit during the Christmas holiday and discovered what a treasure this museum is. Wonderful displays of local history including Native Peoples and the Klondike Gold Rush. We were pleasantly surprised by the amount of items and information on display. We would definitely recommend a visit to this gem of a museum.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

I loved the drive out there, the beautiful architecture, reminiscent of glaciers, and the intimate collection. The staff were charming, and the stories worth reading. If you have the time, allow two or three hours. The movies are good too.

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