Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center

#1 in Best Things To Do in Fairbanks
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101 Dunkel St.

Price & Hours

Free

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Museums, Free, Tours, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 5.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

The Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center is a great first stop to pick up maps and information on things to do in Fairbanks. In addition to exhibits on the natural history of the region and the cultural history of Alaska natives, the center offers a free film on Alaska's history and nature. What's more, on the first Friday of every month, the center hosts a free reception featuring the work of an Alaskan artist from the interior region. This is also where you'll find the city's famous Antler Arch, a piece constructed with more than 100 moose and caribou antlers collected from all over interior Alaska.

Most recent visitors said this free museum was an ideal first stop for learning about Alaskan life, with a good mix of history and culture. Many found the central downtown location convenient, and families particularly enjoyed the interactive displays for kids. Some visitors were disappointed that the informative movie only runs once per day, but all travelers complimented the friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Located on the banks of the Chena River in downtown Fairbanks, the cultural center is open every day from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the summer and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the winter. Admission is free and includes access to the center's films, exhibits and daily events and programs. Complimentary parking is provided on-site, or travelers can take the blue or red MACS Transit bus line to the property. Visit the center's website to view a calendar of exhibits and special events.

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