- Museums, Tours Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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Located on the campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, this museum is the state's only research and teaching museum. Housing more than 1.4 million artifacts and specimens, the collections include Alaskan art spanning more than 2,000 years, featuring paintings, sculpture and ancient ivory carvings. Specimens include a 36,000-year-old mummified bison named Blue Babe and the state's largest public display of Alaskan gold. A special exhibit, "The Place Where You Go to Listen," features a sound and light installation controlled by the real-time positions of the sun and moon. Special lectures and family programs are also offered throughout the year, and the museum store features an array of artwork, jewelry and crafts.
Locals and visitors alike said this facility offered a wealth of information on the inhabitants, animals and history of the northern parts of Alaska, along with a second floor devoted to Alaskan art. Most were impressed with the unique building, the friendly staff and the small cafe, and some noted that local hotels offer shuttle service to the museum. Others recommended adding the "Dynamic Aurora" movie experience, saying it was worth the extra $5.
You'll find the museum on the UAF campus – about 6 miles northwest of downtown. If you don't have your own set of wheels, MACS Transit's blue line makes a stop here. The museum is open daily in the summer (June 1 to August 31) from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and in the winter (September 1 to May 31) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission costs $12 for adults (15 and older) and $7 for youth (5 to 14) Visit the property's website for directions or to see a schedule of special events and programs.
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