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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 35 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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Anchorage, AK
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

We have started to visit this museum more regularly since we have a son living in Fairbanks. It is on the UAF campus, but has its own parking, so access isn't an issue. The collections are diverse, but displayed with uniform quality. It somewhat defies classification, in the sense that it is an art museum, natural history museum, cultural and... More

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Walpole, Massachusetts
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

The University of Alaska Museum of the North is a worthwhile trip. It has a great history of Alaska and many wonderful exhibits that focus on the cultures, wildlife, geography and history of each of Alaska's five major regions. It's easy to reach by taking a local bus from downtown Fairbanks and it's free for those over 60,.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

The museum is a modern building with lots of things to see and provides films on topics such as the winter in Alaska and the Aurora phenomena. I spent three great hours at this place, especially as the weather was grey and cold.

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delray beach, fl
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59 reviews 59 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Loved teh movie about the aurora borealis and the displays about the history of the different parts of Alaska

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New york city
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48 reviews 48 reviews
26 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

A world class museum from the elegant building itself,to the collection of items on native Alaskan life, to a collection of art upstairs,to superb gift shop ,to a decent cafeteria! One learned more about wildlife, culture,clothing and Alaskan life than one could believe! Wish we had had hours there. Some films which we couldn't stay and see. Apparently lots of... More

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Monroe, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We enjoyed the exhibits, show and the museum in general. The drive to the museum was easy and the views were nice.

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

World class exhibits and art. Plenty to see and a wide variety of displays. We spent about 2 1/2 hours here and could have spent more if we were not pressed for time.

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Alamogordo
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This is a very impressive museum, The dioramas and displays of the seasons, flora and fauna and historical development were amazing. The art gallery is also very impressive. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly. I skipped the films but I am sure they were excellent as well. A very worthwhile facility to visit.

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Cary, North Carolina
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46 reviews 46 reviews
24 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This University based museum is a fantastic way to spend a rainy afternoon. The exhibits give a great overview of the history of native Alaska tribes and cultures, the impact that the daily earthquakes have on Alaska, and the world famous Aurora Borealis. Go sit in the quiet room and listen to the sounds of the earth...amazing.

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Belgium
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Very interesting museum covers history, fauna and flora. Good explanation with the exhibits. Also the temporary exhibit is very informative. We did not have time enough to also walk through the art gallery. It was a bit expensive but when I look back on it, worth the money.

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