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The Aurora Ice Museum

Chena Hot Springs, Fairbanks, AK
907-451-8104
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Ranked #7 of 30 Attractions in Fairbanks
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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College Station, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Unique to see but seemed a little pricey. Tour guide was excellent. Would have liked the option to have a non-alcoholic drink from the ice bar.

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Sturgis, South Dakota
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The Aurora Ice Museum is an impressive collection of ice sculptures. Everything from an ice fireplace to a wedding chapel to an outhouse to a replica of the Northern Lights was there. After a brief introduction, we were allowed to walk through on our own and explore the sculptures. We also had an "appletini" in an ice glass and sat... More 

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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

It was about an 1 hour from Fairbanks but you can make a day of it and combine it with other activities the resort has to offer. The price for adults was $15, while children were $10. If you want an appletini in your own ice glass, it is another $15. The museum was near the parking lot but you... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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32 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

The Aurora Ice Museum is part of the Chena Hot Springs Resort. The museum is in a building with the temperature kept at twenty degrees, but they provide parkas to help keep you warm. The tour takes about twenty minutes. All of the displays are made by professional ice carvers who have won numerous international awards. The displays include a... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

This is an OK attraction but I wouldn't drive to Chena Hot Springs just for this. It is an amazing space for the mere fact it's all built out of ice but other than that, it's just someplace to go while in another attraction.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We visited and it was okay. We weren't super impressed, but we will come back again because my kids seemed to enjoy it.

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Kansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We visited this on the recommendation of staff at the visitor center. There was hardly anyone there. Admission was $15 per person and included a 20 minute video of the winter ice sculpture contest held each year. At the end of the video they give you time to view some ice sculptures that they have around the theatre & also... More 

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East Islip, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We loved it. The artistry was amazing. It was fun hearing the kids play the xylophone made out of ice.

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Maryland Heights, Missouri
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

There are many things to see here at the end of the road. It's a trip down the road but it's senic and there are four or five things to see. The hot springs, hydro garden, heat transfer electric plant, antique equipment and the ice hotel. It's interesting. The community is self sufficent. The ice scultptures are award winning.

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Belgium
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We went to the Ice Museum (and the Hot Springs) as a day trip from Fairbanks. It's quite a drive on a bumpy road but you sure get rewarded. I came prepared but my son was very grateful for the warm jackets that were distributed at the entrance. Of course it is cold inside but that is what you expect... More 

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