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University of Alaska Museum of the North

907 Yukon Dr., Fairbanks, AK 99775
+1 907-474-7505
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Ranked #3 of 36 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 the art of Alaska and discover treasures from thousands of years of... more » 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. « less
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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 NEW

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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56 reviews 56 reviews
27 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

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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Southport, North Carolina
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

We visited the museum at the beginning of our land tour. This was a very good overview of the people, history and wildlife of Alaska which helped us to appreciate what we saw over the next 10 days. I so enjoyed reading about the Women of the Gold Rush that I bought a book on the same topic in the... More

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Rio Linda, California, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I was so impressed ! this museum really captures Alaska at it's best. Everything you'd want to know and have heard about Alaska is covered here. From the native history to gold rush history, all the way to wildlife and current times and a beautiful art gallery. Worth the time ! Don't forget to pay the parking kiosk !

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Phoenix
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

There were not many people there on March 1. Maybe it was a break. The museum is wonderful with lots of cultural things both ancient and modern. The gift shop is good too.

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Whitehorse, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Some fascinating exhibits and views from the facility are amazing. The Dinosaur exhibit coming in the new year should be a popular attraction and the gift shop has a great range of northern art and books. Recommend a visit!

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lawrence, ks
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

A small museum with a lot of interesting exhibits. We especially enjoyed the video and explanatory exhibit about what causes the aurora borealis. The student working the desk was very helpful with general information about Fairbanks and gave us the Aurora forecast for while we were visiting.

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Walhalla, South Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I enjoyed the historical clothing and items, especially the hand beaded leather work. I did not care much for the framed art work with garish gold frames. That entire room didn't take a minute or two of my time. I did not like the sexually provocative art work that had nothing to do with Alaska. I thought the outhouse designed... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Interesting history of Alaska. Great views of Fairbanks from the location. Need good 2-3 hours to spend to see everthing

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Mocksville, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Dear Sir; I was stationed at Ft Wainwright in 1968 to 1969. I visited your museum early 1969 and took several pictures. My daughter, wife and me return for 8 day trip to Alaska. On 5 September, 2014 we all visited your museum and took a lot more pictures. Your museum has grown and is much better. Richard Davis

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