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University of Alaska Museum of the North

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Address: 907 Yukon Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99775-9702
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+1 907-474-7505
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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See the state's largest collection of gold and a mummified steppe bison,...

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.

Summer Hours: Daily 9am - 7pm

Winter Hours: Mon - Sat 9am - 5pm

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Did not care for the art gallery. Not much into weird art. The museum itself was great. Allow s half day to see it all.

Reviewed 2 days ago
ruvidu
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Upstate SC
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Upstate SC
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Did not care for the art gallery. Not much into weird art. The museum itself was great. Allow s half day to see it all.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a great place and you will be surprised to what you will learn about history of Alaska! The gold rich Alaska and how people walked from all states to Alaska to find Gold! The Japanese a part of past of Alaskan history🤔 Also learn about the wildlife and mammals! The theatre shows the northern lights and its significance and... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is my first full day in Alaska before the rest of my trip which will take me south to Denali and Anchorage. This museum in Fairbanks offers a great introduction to the geological/zoological/historical background to the state. It is small, but is packed with information on everything from Kodiak bears to the Auroras to World War 2!

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Thank Gene R
Huntsville, Alabama
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This is a great place to stop and visit to gain a better understanding of Fairbanks and the state of Alaska. You can spend a couple hours to several hours depending on your interests.

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Thank Larry S
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

As well as local stuffed wildlife, this museum has beautifully preserved Eskimo clothing, toys, tools, cookware, shoes, boots, kayaks, hunting and fishing gear. The intricately detailed clothing, boots and coats are amazing to view.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A moderately sized museum with several rooms of displays regarding Alaskan natural to human history. Excellent Aurora video and taxidermied wildlife. Kept the kids entertained as well as the adults for about an hour or so. Will have to visit again when the botanical garden is in bloom. Thanks! Best, ~S

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Lakeland, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I've visited several times, often with college students from the lower 48. It's a fascinating place, with artifacts from many aspects of Alaskan history.

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Gorgeous, modern museum at the university. I go with my two small kids ( generally bring the stroller in so they aren't romping around knocking stuff over), and we all absolutely love it. We have taken all of our friends and family that have visited us and it was a highlight for them as well. They exhibit local dinosaur bones,... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome experience. The Northern lights, show in their theater is a must see, very interesting and informative. The museum is small but has a lot of displays.

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Bundaberg, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The University Of Alaska Museum is set in a stunning location, so much so we spent a good fifteen minutes just soaking up the scenery. This museum is so architecturally beautiful ,but wait till you get inside. The displays are by far the best i have ever seen ,with a real good education on the history of Alaska ,its founders,&its... More 

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