University of Alaska Museum of the North, Fairbanks

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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. Plan trip to Fairbanks with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • The museum had some great displays about Alaska's history, plus some art work by Alaska residents, but we really wanted to visit the room where you can listen to seismic activity all over Alaska. Unfo...  more »
  • We stopped here in an attempt to fill up days while waiting to, hopefully, see the Aurora Borealis at night. Awesome little museum. Just the right amount of exhibits to keep you entertained without ge...  more »
  • You will have a very good overview of the Fairbanks area and history of the area. There is also an Art expo on the second floor. Plugins for your car in the winter.  more »
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  • This is a fabulous museum for all ages. Even if you only have one day to visit Fairbanks, it is well worth it for you to visit this museum on the UAF campus for a couple hours (you will wish you had more time to spend here though). There is so much to learn here and an amazing collection of local fine art. There is also a gift shop with some special crafts, and a small coffee shop with tasty snacks. And if Fairbanks is your first destination in Alaska, a visit here is a wonderful orientation to the natural and cultural history of the land.
  • Amazing museum! So amazing that it's a research museum and you get to see the videos on research and how things are preserved! Really enjoyed the exhibits and the art gallery!
  • Great little museum. You could easily spend multiple days here, but won't feel like you missed a ton if you just spend a day. I'd recommend anyone coming to visit or to live in Fairbanks visit the museum early in your stay, it's a great introduction to the Alaska Interior.
  • Very nice anf and modern facility. Good place to discover Alaskan history.
  • This is a great place to stop by on a rainy day. For summertime travelers/visitors, people come to Fairbanks to experience yhe great outdoors of interior Alaska. But there are days when the weather doesn't cooperate, and the museum of the north at UAF is great place to spend a few hours. There's an art exhibit that's full of creations from local Alaskan artists. There's also a big exhibit that explains the diverse ecosystems of interior Alaska. There is also a small children's interactive area that allows kids to learn, play, and explore. If you're in town and have seen and done a great deal of outdoor activities, come check this museum out. You won't be disappointed. A must-see on a rainy day! (It's also cool to stop by in the winter too!)

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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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