University of Alaska Museum of the North

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University of Alaska Museum of the North

University of Alaska Museum of the North
4.5
Art Galleries • Natural History Museums
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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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 – 2.5 million artifacts and specimens – represent millions of years of biological diversity and thousands of years of cultural traditions in the North. Museum store and cafe on site. UAMN summer hours are 7 days a week, from 6 AM - 7 PM. Admission sales/doors close at 6:30 PM. Hours are Subject to Change.
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Jo C
Camas, WA558 contributions
Aug 2021 • Solo
The entire University of Alaska campus is quite lovely and the UAMN building is a striking addition. I attended the museum during the week, in the evening, so I was able to avoid the parking fee and large crowds. The main floor is abundant with cultural and natural history and the upstairs is a beautiful art gallery. This was recommended by many people, as this is my first visit to Fairbanks, and I was not disappointed! Discounts are offered for Alaska residents, Seniors, Active Military and children. There is a Special Exhibits Gallery and Movie that are additional cost, I did not do either, due to time constraints. They have a very good website for more details.
Written August 3, 2021
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Couple_OR_Travelers
Salem, OR98 contributions
Feb 2021
We toured the museum for the third time (we've been here before). It's always great to see all the exhibits. Each time we come back we remember some of the highlights but then we come back and remember more (especially Otto!).

It's pretty sad. We went in the middle of Winter and there was really no one there. We were there for about 3 hours and I think 4 other people showed up. However, it was a weekday, during the day and mid-COVID so I'm hoping things for them will begin to pick up again. It's a don't miss place if museums are your thing we go every trip.

Currently a lot of the museum is either closed for COVID (the sound room was closed) or under construction. I'm assuming they've picked the off season to make improvements. However, it's too bad it wasn't more open when we were there.

Would I go again? Yes, yes I would. We go every time and will go back next trip. Many times for us it's about non-family non-noisy type activities and because of the lack of visitor when we went it was perfect for us. We are not family unfriendly. We are a bit impatient with parents that have zero control over their children and therefore allow them to spoil the experience of others. If you're like us pick a time like we did. Very quiet and plenty of time to look and experience.

You do have to pay additional for parking (you do so at the kiosk in the parking lot with a debit card) and you can plug your car in there if you choose.
Written February 20, 2021
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We greatly appreciate your return visit to the UA Museum. It has been an incredibly challenging year with the impact of the pandemic. We have indeed decided to use this time to work on improvements to the museum. In May, a complete suspended bowhead whale skeleton will be hung in the grand lobby. Definitely worth a return visit. We'll also have a cafe opening in May. We look forward to welcoming you back, and again thank you for your support of UAMN.
Written February 22, 2021
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RMB
Reading, PA7 contributions
Sep 2021
This museum has a lot of interesting exhibits pertaining to the state of Alaska. Various topics are presented including history, native wildlife, and art. There are many artifacts that accompany the informative text. My husband and I spent about 5 hours here, including the movie on the Northern Lights. I would highly recommend this museum to get an overall lesson on the state of Alaska. This museum does not push a liberal agenda like the Anchorage Museum, it simply states the facts and allows one to learn quite a bit about Alaska.
Written September 21, 2021
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We appreciate your review and captivated visit to UAMN.
Written October 20, 2021
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Ester O
4 contributions
Mar 2022
I wanted to visit Alaskan Museum, walk on campus and also stop by Bus 142 (yes, it's on campus! and only 0.5 mile walk from the museum). It took us approximately 2 hours to walk through all exhibits in the museum and it was totally worth it. The history of Alaska, a perfect explanation of struggles that early settlements went through and richness of wildlife. We did a self-guided tour. So, perhaps if you have a tour guide you may need a little bit more time, but regardless how you do it - just go! You will have a great time. Also, it's a kids friendly museum. You won't struggle to entertain your little ones.
Written March 12, 2022
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Lita
5 contributions
Feb 2022
$16 to get into the museum. I have visited museums all around the world and many are free, ask for a donation or just less money. This place wants you to pay to watch a short film after you pay to get in. You have to pay to park at a Public University. There is not much to see other than a bunch of stuffed animals. Can't say I learned very much from this experience.
Written March 1, 2022
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JMcD202003
Fishers, IN26 contributions
Feb 2022
This museum is on the campus of the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. The building is beautiful and the exhibits are excellent. This museum covers the environment, plants and animals (including prehistoric animals such as mammoths as well as dinosaurs. It covers the original inhabitants of this land, as well as the influx of people due to the gold rush. Any visitor to Fairbanks, regardless of the season, should take the time to visit this museum. Visitors should allow at least 2 to 3 hours as there are a lot of exhibits.
Written March 22, 2022
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Tony K
Moreno Valley, CA705 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Definitely lots of ancient history shown here from Dinosaurs and on. The exhibits are very nicely done & displayed. We watched 2 films in the Theater and they were very interesting. I wanted to watch the 3rd one about Dinosaurs but it didn’t start for another 1 1/2 hours and we had walked the whole museum already. Kinda weird (greedy)to pay to park to a place that your have to pay for admission.
Written June 10, 2022
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kingofhma
Florida685 contributions
Jun 2022
Museum is out of the way. I took public transport bus blue line from Thompson Cultural center. I personally have to say this museum is overrated and has an entrance fee. Nice modern building and art, wildlife and indigenous people exhibits.
Written June 24, 2022
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OxanaPeace
Long Island, NY557 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
Parking - you might have to pay for it, when we drove up, there was no attendant, so we did not.
Admission - $16 for adult, for family of 4 was a little steep but expected. Cheaper rates for local and some other qualified folks like senior, little kids and military.
There was a movie to watch for extra $, we did not bother.
Experience - it was interesting to walk around and see native artifacts, art, photos, nature and history. They have a room upstairs to listen how Aurora Borealis sounds during their dance.
Younger kids and teenagers might be bored quickly.
The location of museum opens to gorgeous vistas of Fairbanks. They are beautiful during the day and night (I was there at night hoping to catch Auroras, it did not show though).
Written March 4, 2022
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Happy Explorer
Saint Cloud, MN263 contributions
Sep 2021
Not a particularly good museum.

Flow is a problem. It is easy to get stuck in a corner and hard to get around people. It is also hard to know just where you are since there are a bunch of odd corners. One display does not really flow into the one adjacent.

There are too many words. It is hard to stand in one spot for long to read mountains. Shorter explanations should be given that whet the appetite of guests to go read up on it once they leave. It should explain what is being looked at without pages of background.

And worst of all, the displays themselves are not particularly readable. More than once I had to bend down to read something that was under an item mounted on the wall of the display – and I am usually the shortest person in the room.

I picked up a little interesting information, but I would probably never return to this museum.

We did a movie on the northern lights but it was incredibly boring and not well done.
Written September 18, 2021
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We appreciate the feedback. Thank you for your visitation, as it is essential in supporting the research, teaching, public programs, and operations of UAMN.
Written October 20, 2021
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