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“Best museum about Alaska”

University of Alaska Museum of the North
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Fairbanks Winter City Tour
Ranked #6 of 99 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, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 30 March 2018

Alaska is a land of mystery to a lot of people. To know it, come to this museum. They have a lot of artifacts in display about its people, culture, history, geology and of course wildlife and more!

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"natural history"
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"sound room"
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"special exhibit"
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"during wwii"
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"beautiful building"
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"stuffed animals"
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"gift shop"
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"interesting exhibits"
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"native art"
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"aurora borealis"
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"northern lights"
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"great displays"
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"two hours"
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"couple of hours"
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"rainy day"
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"well worth the visit"
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"great place to visit"
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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

Great little museum. You can get around it in 30 minutes or take your time. It has a good art gallery above too. It is fun being in campus.

On display is current and past fauna, Indigenous and European people’s and how they lived and settled here.

Also an interesting insight into WWII and the experience through Alaskan and Japanese eyes.

Thank TimRG1
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

Lots of Alaskan art and natural history, plus an excellent short movie about the aurora borealis made this an informative, appealing museum. Highly recommended!

Thank LarryJ917
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Reviewed 24 March 2018

I cannot say enough about this museum. The structure itself is just so beautiful. The architecture is stunning. Everything in it is so interesting. I would recommend this to anyone visiting Fairbanks!

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Reviewed 23 March 2018

The Museum of the North contains an interesting mix within a single building: the first floor is a traditional museum displaying items from different historical periods/sociological strata/demographic areas in Alaska. Lots of space is devoted to the story of WWII internment camps for Japanese-Americans and the removal of Native Alaskans from their lands. Upstairs, however, are stunning displays of artwork, both contemporary and old--it's like an art gallery landed on top of a museum! If you're visiting Fairbanks, set aside a couple of hours to check out this museum and its hilltop vistas.

Thank travelgirl11228
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