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“Get acquainted with Northern Alaska!”

University of Alaska Museum of the North
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Discover Alaska Native cultures, natural wonders and diverse wildlife all in one stop. Explore 2,000 years of Alaska art. See the state's largest collection of gold and a mummified steppe bison. Discover treasures from thousands of years of cultural history. Learn about Arctic dinosaurs and other research by museum scientists. Breathtaking architecture and award-winning exhibits make the museum an extraordinary destination. Movies shown daily. Museum Store and Cafe on site. Behind-the-Scenes Tours of the museum's labs and research space during the summer. Open year-round on the UAF campus. 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 - more than 1.5 million artifacts and specimens - 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
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Well put together. Lots of interactive stations where you can learn more. You will learn about the peoples of Alaska and their ways of life. There are short videos that, while you are standing by a harpoon, show you a whaling party using a harpoon. You can easily spend a couple of hours here. But they have a nice little lunch place, and you can certainly spend 1/2 day here if you don't have to rush. If you are by yourself, call ahead to see when the tourist buses will NOT be there, as it gets a little crowded and noisy when a couple of buses unload.

Thank Frances H
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

If you like Museums (and I do) then this is one of the best I have ever been to. Broken up by place in AK they have given it much thought. The gold alone is worth a visit.

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Reviewed November 1, 2012

If you haven't got much time to visit Alaska, spend half a day in the museum. You will then see a bit of everything this beautiful country has to offer.

The building itself is an architectural icon. The location is great, with breathtaking views of the sorrounding area. The Gallery of Alaska focuses on the wildlife, history, culture and geography. There is something for everyone - including taxidermy animals, a mammoth skull and Otto the bear. The main attraction however is the Blue babe, the mummy of a 36,000 year old Bison discovered in Fairbanks.
The Alaska Classics section is devoted to historical paintings. Free movies are available in the auditorium. Another interesting feature is 'The Place where you go to listen' which you can't describe in words - you have to be there and experience what it is like.

Thank Sriyani
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

I had a great time at the museum. First I got a nice warm greeting from OTTO the bear. Then I took.my time as I went from exhibit to exhibit , fascinated by so much of them. There's something for everyone to see. Lots of informative video to watch and chairs to borrow if you want to sit down while watching.
The gift shop is full of nice things to buy, most made by Alaskan artist.
I also was very impressed by the people who worked at the front desk and the gift shop, they were very helpful and very nice.
I can't wait to go back!

Thank Ikenney
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

As a first timer travelling around Alaska, this museum, help to show one all that Alaska has to offer and the most important thing its history of both man and land. There you got to see animals you will never see, not in October. The way they have the regions layed out with the different animals and tribes is excellent...history was made more interesting just by reading all that they have there. The way they displayed via video on how the artist made the maskes , fibre fabric, etc was so interesting, when you walked into gift store or craft shops you could actually appreciate the work that went into the making of these different items.

Thank Jeni G
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