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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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Twinsburg, Ohio
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

I have been to museums all over the world and this one is not very large. And not a lot of things to see. I heard a lot of rave reviews about this place and was excited to check it out. But I was not impressed at all. Especially for $12.00.

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Charleston, West Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

The museum is very nice and the architecture of it is incredible. There are two distinct sections of the displays though. The area about Alaska's history had many interesting facts but seems to be very dated with much of the factual information from the 80's and 90's. It would be nice to see this updated to current facts and trends.... More

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Barrington, Illinois
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282 reviews 282 reviews
66 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

The museum is very well done and tells the story of Alaska and Fairbanks from multiple angles as well as showcase some local artists. The movie choices that are shown are pretty good. We also took the insiders tour for a look at the labs, artifacts storage, and collections. It was worth the $10 add on if you like to... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Small, but surprisingly good museum at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. A focus on environmental information about the biomes of Alaska, and a somewhat eclectic collection of art upstairs. Skip the films... not terribly good.

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

A really interesting museum. The displays are a meld of history, native art (past and present), and science. Surprisingly it works very well together. We also took the time to watch their film about the Northern Lights -- glad we did.

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Painesville, Ohio
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7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

2 hours should be enough time. Good displays, on city bus route...bus is a good way to see real city @ $3/day.

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Horton, KS
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Large exhibits of Northern animals, birds, sea mammals. Huge stuffed grizzly greets you at the entrance of the exhibit area. Great collection of Eskimo clothing, pots, baskets, jewelry. Takes about an hour or more to see it all. 3rd floor has a collection of art. At the entrance to this floor are 5 or 6 screens showing slides of all... More

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

The museum is beautiful. The information is valid. It's fairly interesting. The entrance fee is VERY high so you expect to see a lot, but even though the building is enormous, I was left wondering what hidden space there was. The actual museum seemed very small to me. I was really disappointed. Everyone told me it was a must-see place... More

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springfield vt
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56 reviews 56 reviews
29 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

$$. Had a nice picnic with no bugs and great views. Well set up on history, animals, Alaskan art, native culture. Some very impressive displays. See the Alaska dinosaur prints.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Unbelievable city views from the university hill!! An art Museum and a spot for locals to celebrate the new year night! This was our best new year's eve ever with beautiful firecrackers and hot chocolate servings by the museum staff. A must try though. The museum also offers scientific and art exhibitions such as understanding polar bear/ grizzly bear hibernation... More

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