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University of Alaska Museum of the North, Fairbanks

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Natural History Museum Museum
With collections that span scientific genres from botanical to cultural, University of Alaska Museum of the North gives a well-rounded perspective of the state. Exhibits are as varied as the subjects represented, from frozen tissues to ethnological artifacts. Beyond displays, you'll find research that benefits the life that thrives in the far north. The museum is small enough to move through quickly, but the density of the exhibits may prompt you to take more time. Put University of Alaska Museum of the North and other Fairbanks attractions into our Fairbanks holiday planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Bopped in, got through it quickly, great stuff to see. Especially like that everything was very specific to this place we are in.  more »
  • IntGreat way to spend a rainy day (or a sunny one!) Very interesting. I hadn't been in years. Took a friend from out of town, today, and she loved all the information about the history of the area, pr...  more »
  • We enjoy visiting here and LARS each time we come to Fairbanks. The kids enjoy the exhibits. We sometimes see a movie ($5). Very informative and well kept. Staff were all friendly . Easy to spend 2-4 ...  more »
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  • Superb Museum!! That was the best way to start our vacation that I can think of. We even had lunch in the cafe. When finished we both wondered where the time had gone it went by so quickly.
  • A moderately sized museum with several rooms of displays regarding Alaskan natural to human history. Excellent Aurora video, taxidermied wildlife, and dinosaur fossil displays. Kept the kids entertained as well as the adults for about an hour or so. Will have to visit again when the botanical garden is in bloom. Thanks! Best, ~S
  • Wow, this place was amazing. Lots and lots of exhibits to see so many things to do. We loved the museum it was a great learning experience.
  • Great place to visit. Explains so the history behind Alaska and great shows on Aurora and others
  • Nice place to visit, not that much to see though. But overall, worth my $12

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Downtown Fairbanks holds the highest concentration of accommodations, and here you'll find everything from hotels for business travelers to cozy bed and breakfasts. The area just across the Chena River from downtown features a few establishments that serve as convenient alternatives should you be unable to secure a place to stay downtown. The areas around the airport and the University of Alaska feature numerous accommodations, including bed and breakfasts and small inns in addition to hotels for business travelers. Just outside of town you'll find lodges, cottages, and additional bed and breakfasts that feature quieter settings closer to the mountains.
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