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“Great Museum, Worth a Stop”

University of Alaska Museum of the North
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Ranked #4 of 101 things to do in Fairbanks
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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 young children, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed May 12, 2013

This is a pretty great museum, with a fairly wide-range of topic. You get to come in here and learn about geology, cultures, land mammals, marine life, history, gold mining, and art. The displays are interesting and keep you flowing from one exhibit to the next, and I found when I was done that I actually went back through again to make sure I didn't miss anything. That's how I know that it is well put together!
They also have a nice little snack shop to get something to drink or eat, and they have a wonderful book store. I'm pretty well addicted to books, so I was in love with their scientific topics they offered. :) There is a fee to get in, and it was a*little* steep (for me) but totally worth every single penny. And it's at a university, so that's always a good cause.

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

This is a beautiful modern museum. We were delightfully surprised by how nice and entertaining this museum is. It had a child-friendly exhibit on the science of hibernation which was very cool. They have a whole section on Alaskan wildlife. The art gallery upstairs is amazing and unique to Alaska. I highly recommend this if you are visiting Fairbanks.

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

We spent a good few hours wandering around and reading all about the history, the paintings were very good and so was the light show, would go again.

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Reviewed May 5, 2013

Great overview of Alaskan history, before and after contact. From Natural History to Native Peoples to Russians and Goldrush days. But upstairs you find the wonderful, if small collection of Native Arts and artifacts as well as contemporary paintings. A good gift shop and (IMPORTANT!) don't miss the small gallery off the gift shop where temporary exhibits are shown.

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Reviewed April 16, 2013

Liked: 1. I tend to read each item of interest which took about three hours which is just about right for me. 2. Provides one of the best explinations (video) on the Aurora Borealis presented by current experts in the field. 3. In depth coverage of how the Japanese Americans were relocated duirng WWII (news to me). 4. Colorful history of gold rush era with focus on women who had an impact. 5. Modern new building interesting architecture.

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