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The Aurora Ice Museum

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Address: Chena Hot Springs, Fairbanks, AK
Phone Number: 907-451-8104
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Impressive art work

Quite a desolate, but pretty 1 hour drive out to Chena Hot Springs. Not the most impressive facilities at the hot springs. A small cafe in the activity center (though it was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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Clarence, New York
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Clarence, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Quite a desolate, but pretty 1 hour drive out to Chena Hot Springs. Not the most impressive facilities at the hot springs. A small cafe in the activity center (though it was mostly frozen stuff you microwaved). However after you see 1 hour of nothing along the road, you learn to appreciate frozen microwaved food. Note we did not do... More 

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Everything to like. It's the best way to see and learn how the winter International Ice Art Competition is conducted and the results of the ice carving. Even if you plan to attend the actual competition in March its well worth seeing as a prelude to the Ice Art Festival.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

The structure of this place is clever and interesting and it has a great display of ice carvings. There were no carvers working while we were there and that would have added somewhat to the experience. We were given a shortish introduction and history. It appeared to us the main attraction was the ability to sell us the 'special martini'... More 

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Cedar City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

I loved going into the museum because it was the work of world renowned ice artists, and also part of their workshop. The sculptures were lit and wonderful, and photos were dreamy. The price is fairly steep (especially if you want an appletini), so be prepared to pay the price.

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Monterey, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The ice sculptures were very cool and were obviously created with a lot of talent. It was unfortunate though, that none of the ice sculptors were there for our evening tour so we never got to see any of the artists at work or hear first-hand about their art. You are required to visit the museum as part of a... More 

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

If you're enjoying the hot springs, you might as well go to the kitschy ice museum to take a look at the various ice sculptures for $15. Please note that you must go with a "tour" group that occurs on the odd hours during the day (3pm, 5pm, etc.); you cannot visit independently. There's an optional $15 appletini served in... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

E place itself is not a museum, they just have ice sculptures and an ice bar for which you pay an extra fee of 15 usd for a Martini which you csn only drink while sitting at the bar. You will spend no more than 30 min inside because they will be rushing you all the time. The ice sculpture... More 

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Geraldton, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Beautiful ice sculptures and very interesting rooms. They had a life size sculptures of two knights on horse back which was amazing. The flowers encased in ice blocks were great and having a drink from a glass made from ice was interesting. The tour is just long enough as staying in the building any longer could be an issue due... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

There was much hype about how good this was, so I was a little disappointed. It was described as being like an ice hotel - but it wasn't made of ice. It was also very small. There were some beautiful carvings and it was fabulous to watch the artists at work. But it was a small place, and very crowded.... More 

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Sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

It is $15 per person to go in and a drink in your own ice glass at the bar is another $15 but it was all a bit of fun. The ice sculptures are made on site by award winning sculptors. There are some great works there and many are lit with different coloured lights. Go and lay down on... More 

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