Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center

Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center

Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center
4.5
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Your 1st stop for visitor information. Learn about Alaska Native culture and history. Free world-class exhibits that tell the story of life in Interior Alaska. Wave to family around the world on our Antler Arch webcam. Free films, WiFi, parking.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • iowacityia
    2,128 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sunday, May 28th morning visit.
    We visited around 11am. It was not too busy at that time. It is free to enter. We did not see any of the films in the theater. It is a wonderful stop. Well worth the time. Enough to keep you interested. Not an overwhelming amount of reading either. The couple of people we ran into from the center were very nice. I enjoyed my time there. We also looked around the outside grounds, and nearby park. I would visit again.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 4, 2023
  • MILENADI
    Indianapolis, Indiana173 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    World class exhibits about the life in Alaska
    World class exhibits about life in Alaska - free entry! Really nice walk through, Park ranger available to help answer your questions. Lots of Maps and help with free cabins. Plan to spend 30-60 min there.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 7, 2023
  • dudpa
    370 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    well worth the visit
    excellent museum, many displays of Native culture. good movies. We really enjoyed visiting and it was on our "must see" list from the early days of planning our once in a lifetime trip to Alaska.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 24, 2023
  • Arthur M
    Hamilton, Canada1,418 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely helpful staff, huge exhibit!
    This is a pretty large visitor's centre compared to Anchorage's. Staff are present to help you guide through your journey to Fairbanks, to Denali, or to points beyond. There is a board detailing the sunrise and sunset. And also, their exhibit was very large, highlighting the interior Alaskan life in all four seasons. They also have a model cabin inside the exhibit too that you can actually get in, and that was cool!
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 2, 2023
  • msa23_2000
    Chino Hills, California1,419 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good place to start with in Fairbanks
    It’s a nice place with plenty of parking. Good place to get your bearings. Gives a little overview about the area. It takes about 40 minutes to read all the exhibits. Worth a stop to check out.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 16, 2023
  • ckramer54
    Binghamton, New York17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to start your tour of Alaska
    This was a great place to start our Alaskan Adventure trip that we booked through Alaska Tour and Travel. This was a great history lesson, informative and interactive displays, we started here the day we landed in Alaska. We took an Uber/Lyft from our Riversedge Resort lodge, and walked around to the Ice museum afterwards.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 22, 2023
  • TahitiZ
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin2,127 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a Visit!
    We found the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center exhibits to be interesting and we were glad we visited. Don't miss the Antler Arch just outside the center. The Center is a short walk from downtown Fairbanks!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 24, 2023
  • gjslhs
    Pfafftown, North Carolina38 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful spot to visit
    Very beautiful place to visit inside and outside. Well worth your time to go and spend an hour or so. There are videos that are shown throughout the day in the theater that are informative. Extremely clean.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 2, 2023
  • A93274
    Tulare, California83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely
    This was a pleasant surprise. Admission is free and walking distance from downtown Fairbanks. Outside you find mosaics that depict the beadwork found on native items. Just beautiful! Inside there are displays depicting life in the interior of Alaska. Very informative and well done.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 18, 2023
  • Adrienne P
    Gainesville, Florida59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A museum quality experience
    You will not believe that this is a welcome center. It's definitely more like a museum. The rich history, and beautiful displays rival most paid cultural centers. Piggy back off the Museum of the North and you will gain a rich appreciation for the history of this gorgeous state. A must for anyone visiting.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 22, 2023
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HauntHunter
Los Angeles, CA95 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
We were looking for something to do on our day off from outdoor activities so we headed over here. Unfortunately I’ve seen similar exhibits elsewhere in Los Angeles and Washington DC, so it didn’t have that new feeling of awe and wonder for me.
Staff is friendly.
The movie they run about the Aurora is interesting - runs about 45 minutes I think. I recommend seeing that if you’re going to be booking an Aurora tour.
Also, I think the building attracts what would be homeless people in warmer climates. I’m used to dealing with alcoholics, but my kids are not. One came in and was trying to pick a fight with him over the color of his jacket. Then he proceeded to try and befriend me and tell me about his kid who plays hockey. Just pay attention to who’s around you and your kids.
The gift shop with authentic things was a bit pricey.
I didn’t get to go into the other one because it closed an hour before the rest of the place- strange. Only a few visitors when we went.
Written February 16, 2020
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Brian D
Denver, CO2,400 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
A nice place to visit when you are in Fairbanks. Strangely, probably the least friendly staff of any place I visited during my two weeks in Alaska. Just not what I would expect at a Visitors Center. Probably just a bad day, but it did kind of put a damper on the visit to the Center. Other than that, the exhibits were tremendous, with lots of insight into the history and culture of Alaskan life throughout the years. The museum has exhibits honoring some of Alaska's wildlife, history, dog sledding, and more. Dioramas that provide insight into life in Alaska. Parking lot is huge and free to park. They do offer the usual brochures for places to visit in Alaska, but they are currently covered behind plastic, so you have to request brochures from the staff. This did not go well, and I wish I hadn't bothered. Almost all of the brochures are available online with a QR code for scanning. Outside the building is an Alaska outhouse and a small cabin pays tribute to days past in Alaska. On top of it all, there is a great gift shop in the building. The gift shop staff was friendly and helpful. I purchased a great Morris Thompson Visitors Center t-shirt. Great souvenir. Will visit again next time I'm in Fairbanks.
Written October 21, 2020
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Hi Brian, I'm sorry to hear you had a negative experience with our team. Please feel free to reach me at info@morristhompsoncenter.org if you'd like to follow up. It sounds like you were nonetheless able to enjoy the museum and gift shop. Thank you for including that information in your review. I'd love to hear how the rest of your visit went. Best, Sara
Written January 28, 2021
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Ron S
Fort Collins, CO135 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
What an excellent way to spend part of a day in Fairbanks. I went here three years ago and HAD to go again. It is a wonderful capsule of information and dioramas that fully evaluate the Alaskan experience from the beginning to present day. I highly recommend going. I really don't think I have see a better depiction in Alaska. I have been to like museums in Anchorage and hands down this is the best. Thank you Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center for a wonderful and exciting trip down all things Alaskan.
Written April 16, 2021
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James H
Vail, AZ519 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Great museum with displays that highlight the culture and history of Alaska. Admission is free. It is well done with amazing lifelike displays and plenty of native first people clothing and artifacts. It traces the gold rushes and statehood. I would highly recommend it to everyone of all ages≥
Written September 17, 2020
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Hi James, thanks for your review! How did you learn about the center and decide to visit?
Written January 28, 2021
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fiamma11
Tysons Corner, VA5,637 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Couples
This center is free of charge, but accepts contributions, and makes for a good first stop when visiting Fairbanks and the interior of the state. The displays are well done, depicting the seasons, climate, and the preparations that goes along with them. A bit on the huskies, the pipeline, the arts. I learned quite a few bits of information regarding the wildlife and the habitat. My husband and I were both glad we visited here. Recommended.
Written March 15, 2021
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David A
Saint Louis, MO5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
The people at this center are anxious for you to get some good information for your visit. I recommend getting to the center just after it opens so that you will be able to speak to the volunteers and employees. The information about the Gates of the Arctic made me realize I have only seen a small part of this great state and must come some more.
Written February 7, 2020
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larina p
Orlando, FL22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
I was very impressed that they had really well done movies playing in their theaters throughout the day. And the walk through museum portion was very well done. They had typical things that you would find all over the great land of Alaska, including a snowmobile, fishing lodge model home, stuffed bear, Etc. I also had a good time looking through both of the gift shops. The workers here were very very well-informed.
Written February 15, 2020
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Marian S
Los Angeles, CA65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
We were directed here by our lovely tour guide, Lynley, from Alaska Wildlife Tours. We unfortunately weren’t able to do this at the beginning of our trip, which probably would be a better idea, but we actually enjoyed it even during the end of our trip. They had a good selection of info about Alaska’s history and culture and even had a section dedicated to empowering women! Loved that this resource is free for all but definitely donate if you have some cash to show support! Also a good place to get more info or tips on things to do/places to see, etc if you need extra help with that. Highly suggest this for all visitors :)

- Marian and Jonel
Written September 22, 2020
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Dear Marian, Thank you for your review, and for your generous support. How do you think we could we do better to help visitors hear about the center early in their visits to Fairbanks?
Written January 28, 2021
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Brooksie
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
We came in looking for information on the ice sculpture competition and noticed the self guided tour so we took it. Wow! This is packed with information and organized in a great way. We ended up spending 1 1/2 hours there learning all about the history of Alaska and its people. I'm not a museum person, and I loved it.
Written March 18, 2021
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Erin B
New York City, NY126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We almost ended up skipping this location in favor of spending more time in the Museum of the North, but we were strongly encouraged to visit this too by other tourists we spoke with. I am so glad that we did because I preferred this of the two stops. The Center provides a great overview to Alaska through an impressively designed exhibit with interesting digestible facts. The stop took about 45 minutes and I loved every minute of it. I was a perfect introduction to Alaska that put things in context for the rest of our vacation.
Written July 19, 2021
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