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University of Alaska Museum of the North

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Address: 907 Yukon Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99775-9702
Phone Number:
+1 907-474-7505
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09:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 19:00
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.

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Beautiful museum, fantastic nature and art exhibits.

Though locals think it horrendously expensive, it's drop dead beautiful and has a cafe. The gift store has truly wonderful native art. There is a family area (good thinking) for... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Campbell, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Though locals think it horrendously expensive, it's drop dead beautiful and has a cafe. The gift store has truly wonderful native art. There is a family area (good thinking) for kids to unwind and rest ( and spare the rest of us).

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Odenton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It was the right size to spend 1-2 hours and learn more about Fairbanks culture and history. Upstairs is an art gallery, which depicts the living in interior Alaska. There is a craft room for children as well and every hour a video clip about various themes.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The museum has many interesting displays. Could have spent many hours looking at all of the items. Everyone on our group wished we had more time available.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A great way to learn about Alaskan history full of art, artifacts, minerals, animals, and tools used by natives just to name a few. It is a very nice and educational exhibit. My 7-year-old loved the exhibits of ancient animal bones and giant crystals. It was a great way to spend a snowy afternoon.

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Bridgewater, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a very informative museum, especially for a day when the weather was not so nice. The museum had many beautiful displays of items from Alaska.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not a very large museum, but packed with lots of interesting artifacts, stories of people, minerals, stones, gold, and animals

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We lived in Fairbanks for 5 years & always had a membership to this museum. It is one of the nicest I've seen in all of Alaska. I liked it better than the big one in Anchorage. As you walk in there's the "mascot" - a huge grizzly bear that loves to pose for pictures! It has multiple areas that... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I can't say enough about this museum. It is one of those museums you will want to go to visit over and over. The art work is outstanding. The dioramas are realistic in the attempt to depict the native life. There is one on the second floor of an outhouse. Who expects an outhouse in an art museum but it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We saw 2 movies there. The one on the Aurora was very good. The other one cant even remember now was not so great. Filled with poor animations. But the overall museum had very interesting artifacts about life in Alaska, from Mastodon and Woolly mammoth tusks to Caribou antlers. From artifacts and clothing of the different groups of people native... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A place not to be missed when visiting Fairbanks. Knowing the history of an area makes it so much more enjoyable. Fairbanks has such a colorful and fascinating history and a visit to the Museum of the North will give a new perspective to anyone who visits. Extremely informative, beautiful and interesting displays and very friendly people make it a... More 

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