Robert G. White Large Animal Research Station

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2220 Yankovich Rd

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Sightseeing, Tours, Zoos and Aquariums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Looking for a place to buy some qiviut? Prounounced kin-ee-ut, qiviut is the Inuit word for the soft underwool produced by musk oxen, prized for its insulating warmth. The Robert G. White Large Animal Research Station, located at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, maintains reindeer and musk oxen for research purposes, and the sale of qiviut to weavers helps fund the station. The station also offers guided walking tours throughout the year, but reservations are required if you want to tour the property during the winter season (Labor Day to Memorial Day).

Recent travelers called the research farm well worth a visit and a fun family outing. Several commented on the experience of meeting musk ox, reindeer and caribou, and many loved seeing the center's baby musk ox, Kiwi, saying it was a great experience for their kids.

The research center is open on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Thursday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the summer season. In the offseason, visitors can view the animals from the parking area on Yankovich Road or schedule a group tour. Summer and winter tours are about an hour long. Admission costs $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and members of the military, and $6 for students; children 5 and younger can visit for free. The center is about 7 miles northwest of downtown Fairbanks and best reached by car. To check on tour times and directions, visit the research station's website.

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#1 Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center

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.

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