Located on the University of Alaska campus, the museum is the largest teaching and research based Natural History Museum in the state. The 1.5 million exhibits of the museum cover the natural, cultural, ethnographic history of Alaska and the circumpolar North. This makes the museum the best place to start your tour of Fairbanks.
The museum offers a variety of specialized exhibits. These include collections on:
- Ethnology and culture–exhibits on local dances are excellent
- Rose Berry Alaska Art Gallery–a collection of Alaskan art from Eskimo ivory carvings to contemporary paintings
- Fishes,amphibians and reptiles
- Mammals – check out the restored 36000 year old Ice Age steppe bison mummy
- Marine animals and birds
The main exhibit is The Place Where You Go to Listen – A light and sound show that captures Alaskan auroras, landscapes, geological activity, and Solar and moon cycles. To top it all off, the building itself is architecturally designed to invoke the Alaskan landscape.
- Check out the museum store for artwork, jewelry, books
- CAD 7 for 5 to 14 year olds
- CAD 8 for Alaskan adults
- CAD 5 for Alaskan youth
- Free for Under 5, Alaskan families with military members, Members of the museum
- CAD 5 For the Museum movie ticket
- Buses Blue and Yellow stop 1105: Yukon Dr @ UA Museum of the North Westbound
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95% of people who visit Fairbanks include University Of Alaska Museum Of The North in their plan
08 AM - 09 AM
90.29% of people start their University Of Alaska Museum Of The North visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
People usually take around 4 Hrs to see University Of Alaska Museum Of The North
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For the price they charged I expected a lot more from this museum, it is not really a place for children. Some exhibits can be fascinating, others quite a bore. There are only around four rooms you can enter, there is a downstairs. The downstairs is home to their laboratory, which I've heard great things about. But, unfortunately you have to schedule a tour. Which I'm sure cost a pretty penny.
So entertaining. Definitely a great place to go with family. They have great parts to delve into, they also let you touch some of the things they are displaying which is really cool for kids. Probably the best part for me was upstairs, they have a room with sound that you don’t talk when you’re in there but it’s so immersive.
This is worth visiting. It is rich in the history of very early Alaska. The art work was to large degree native Alaska. The most fascinating exhibit was transferring light into sound. There is some beautiful carved ivory. There is a an entire zoo of stuffed local animals and even prehistoric findings. Then you can simply walk down the hill to the Botanical Gardens.
I went in with my partner who is from out of town and was expecting to pay a lot for entry, but a particularly helpful employee pointed out that all military and their guests get to enjoy the exhibits for free. We ended up not having to pay for the entry, so decided to watch one of their movie showings in addition. (that was 5$ ea.) The short movie was worth it and we had a lovely time!
Very cool place to visit. Cost us about 12 bucks apiece , but there is a lot of history in this museum. Very well-organized establishment. Very neat, and clean. The employees are very helpful with information. Very well read people that know Alaskan history. We had a great time, spent almost 2 hours looking at all the exhibits.