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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 34 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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Colorado
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is an excellent museum and one that travelers to Alaska should not miss to gain the most from their visit. There is also an extremely good gift shop with all kinds of Alaska handmade items.

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Hooksett NH
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121 reviews 121 reviews
27 attraction reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This museum is located on the university campus on a high hill overlooking the town of Fairbanks. It's a very nice museum, well done with top quality exhibits. This museum gives you an excellent overview of Alaskan history, wildlife and human history as well. The admission cost is very nominal. Plan on about 2-3 hours here.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Some very interesting displays. Otto, the 8' tall grisly, the wooly mammoth skull, the incredibly huge piece of jade all worth a peek. The films were ok. Must admit I was sleep deprived and really had a hard time staying awake during films.o

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Bemidji, Minnesota
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Good stop if you are interested in Native Alaskan culture and the natural and human history of Northern Alaska. The museum is visually appealing from the outside, and the displays give a good feel of the way that both Native Alaskans and early explorers lived. The only disappointment was that some of the displays were a little hard to read... More

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Warwick, Rhode Island
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Great Museum and art gallery filled with thousands of wildlife, history of miners in Alaska, and the various native Alaskan heritage, clothing, tools. Give yourself 3-4 hours if you want to experience the three 30 minute videos also available- one is on the Aurora, or Northern Lights. Take a camera as you'll want to get a lot of pictures.

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Abbeville, LA
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57 reviews 57 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

This is a great Museum. We didn't get to see it all but was very impressed with the collections. We watched a film about the Aurora, that can be seen in Fairbanks in the fall and winter. Great explaination about why it does what it does. Give yourself at least a couple of hours if not half the day to... More

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Very nice. Very thought provoking, with awesome artwork. Magnificent animal exhibits and native eskimo exhibits. Really makes a person realize the hardships of the pioneers. One of the nicest facilities I have seen. Ample parking for RV's and not too busy. Campus construction made it a little hard to find but thsi should pan out in time.

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Newcastle, Australia
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126 reviews 126 reviews
19 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

this museum depicts life of the many indigenous groups, the wildlife, the pioneers who migrated for the gold and to service the miners. Loved it

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North Aurora, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This was an excellent museum, not large and overwhelming but a very interesting and absorbing place to be for a half day!!!!! I learned so much. The view of the Alaska Range, if clear, is stunning. Apparently Denali(Mt .McKinley) peeks over the top of the nearby ridge on very clear days. We were very disappointed... in the three days we... More

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Naperville, Illinois
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We visited the museum in July, 2014. This is a small museum, but it was interesting to visit. Its best exhibit is its Alaska room that covers history and culture of Alaska.

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