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“Best museum in Alaska” 5 of 5 stars
Review of University of Alaska Museum of the North

University of Alaska Museum of the North
907 Yukon Dr., Fairbanks, AK 99775
+1 907-474-7505
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Alaskan Heritage Tour in Fairbanks
Ranked #4 of 68 things to do in Fairbanks
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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.
Mebane, North Carolina
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“Best museum in Alaska”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

The museum building is stunning; inspired by icebergs, ships, snow-capped mountains and whales. We visited the Museum of the North to see the current exhibit commemorating the 100th year anniversary of the first ascent of Mt. McKinley. The exhibit was well organized and encouraged interactivity. The permanent collection includes art, animal collections and my favorite - gold, and its history. If you visit in the summer (when there is no possibility of northern lights), be sure to see the Aurora movie which is both beautiful and informative.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“We didn't want to leave”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Very well done -- friendly, informative, reasonably-priced all wrapped up in an architecturally distinctive building. We arrived at noon, expected to spend a couple of hours, and they had to throw us out when they closed at 7 PM!!

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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“Great Museum to visit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Lots of varied exhibits to see; must see the EXCELLENT educational movies in the theater; we spent several hours there during an unexpected cold, snowy day and enjoyed every minute.

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Kenai, Alaska
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Well worth the trip!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

A friend and I drove all the way up from the Kenai/Soldotna area as we are both interested in museums and long-time Alaska residents. We spent a full day, 10 AM - 5 PM (when the museum closes this time of year), less an hour and a half for lunch, and didn't manage to see it all; I guess we'll just have to plan to go back again next year and see the rest!

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Singapore, Singapore
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“Expensive entrance fee, visit only if you have nowhere else to visit”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

We pay I think $12 to get in. Level 1 was a museum of all the Alaska thing, it has a little more thing than the Morris Thompson culture centre only but to pay $12 to get in isn't really worth it in my opinion. Level 2 was just a display of Alaska painting by various artist but nothing too fantastic.

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