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There are a number of museums in the Fairbanks area, including the Fairbanks Community Museum, University Museum of the North, Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, and the Pioneer Air Museum.
The Museum of the North at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, located at 907 Yukon Drive, is open from 9am to 5pm (until 7pm during the summer). Exhibits usually focus on native Alaskan culture, art or history. There are permanent galleries of stuffed arctic animals, wildlife history and cultural artifacts, as well as special exhibits about various topics ranging from the Alaskan Gold Rush to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Take the time visit Pioneer Park on the banks of the Chena River, which has a re-created Gold Rush town with historic buildings and a Native Village with Eskimo artifacts. This 44-acre park also has a small railroad, miniature golf course, three museums and an art gallery. There is also the Georgeson Botanical Garden at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, which has a variety of flora adapted to harsh Alaskan climate.
The Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum showcases over 60 early cars ranging from the late 1800s through the early 1930s. If you go in the evening, you may see one driving around the property; they all run! If you aren't into cars, the Museum also has an impressive vintage fashion collection and many historic photographs from early Fairbanks. If you have some free time, a walk around the neighboring Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary is very nice as well. You will definitely see many native Alaska birds and maybe a moose or beaver near the lake.
To see more wildlife around Fairbanks, it is probably best to take a planned tour. Packages for river cruises, aerial tours and the like can be booked through several local agencies such as Go North Alaska Travel Center (907-479-7272), Alaska Discovery (907-780-6505), Northern Alaska Tour Company (907-474-8600) or Explore Tours (907-786-0192).