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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
93%
Ranked #4 of 30 Attractions in Fairbanks
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Natural History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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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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Dallas, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Great place by Fairbanks standards. However, pale in comparison to other museum. Don't expect too much.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

The 9ft Otto bear is cool. The main exhibit is informative on Alaskan history, but seems dated. There's an art exhibit on the 2nd floor which did not hold my interest much. To the right of the entrance, and through the gift shop, is a small Arctic Voyage exhibit. We enjoyed this exhibit the most because it had interactive activities.... More

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Sitka, Alaska, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

The museum is a must see if you're in Fairbanks and like this kind of thing. The art they have is from all over the state of Alaska. Many, many things to see here

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central coast
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The museum was decent, the location lovely. A very attractive building up on the hill at UAF. In the sunlight, looks like a fairy castle viewed from below. For all the space in the building, there wasn't actually that much useable exhibit space. The main gallery downstairs for history, culture and natural history had adequate lighting, but nothing special. The... More

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Seoul, South Korea
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64 reviews 64 reviews
32 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I am usually not a museum-goer, but I arrived in October and there wasn't much else to be done in Fairbanks area, so I decided to spend sometime here. With that being said I was impressed with what this museum had to offer. The arts and pieces from the past, made by natives, and then also by settlers, were both... More

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Willow, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I tell people that they should make the trip to the UA Museum of the North. Well laid out, great displays, very educational, visuals are very enlightening. Well worth the time and the visit.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Not to be missed--there is a new addition since we were in Fairbanks several years ago. Lobby has great photos by Michio Hoshino. And you have to pay for parking here.

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Naples, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

This museum has it all -- art, history, archeology, and natural science. The facility is modern, attractive, and beautifully organized. The displays are creative and use informational signs, audio, video, and photography to get the message across. It's a must-see in Fairbanks.

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Venice, Florida
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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Lots of interesting cultural info and art. I enjoyed the local art on the upper level and my husband enjoyed the "museum" type exhibits on the lower floor. My kids are a little old for the kiddie area, but they still wanted to stick around there and play with all the toddler toys. It's packed full of interesting stuff, so... More

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Westchester County, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

If you want to get a glimpse into the history of Alaska, don't miss this museum. It has wonderful exhibits and interactive opportunities.

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