University of Alaska Museum of the North

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907 Yukon Dr, Fairbanks, AK, USA
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Art & History in a Modern Building Nov 04, 2017
On the recommendation of X_Drive, I visited the Museum of the North on my first full day in Fairbanks.

We arrived around 10am, close to opening time, and in timing with the sunrise over the Alaskan mountain range. Being up high on a hill, you can see down on the city, fields, forests and the mountains in the distance.

Our timing was such that we immediately went into the auditorium to watch the movie about the northern lights. This movie does an excellent job of explaining how the phenomena occurs and I highly recommend taking the time to view it.

After the movie, we ventured to the third floor of the museum where there is a sound room where the creator timed musical instruments to the movements of the northern lights for a unique musical composition. The third floor also houses the bulk of artwork created by Alaskan residents, plus clothing and materials used by native Americans.

I think we skipped the 2nd floor since we were pressed for time. While Karen ran into the gift shop, I quickly checked out a small portion of the 1st floor exhibits. I was glad I did since it contains real wholly mammoth bones with a complete skull and tusks! There were also mastodon tusks and large whale bones.
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A Wonderful new museum Sep 19, 2009
2005 saw the opening of this beautiful new building, but the collections that it shows date back nearly a hundred year. There are nearly a million and a half artifacts and specimens representing millions of years of biological diversity and thousands of years of cultural traditions in the North. And all of the collections are gathered into ten disciplines, archaeology, birds, documentary films, earth sciences, ethnology/history, fine arts, fishes/marine invertebrates, insects, mammals, and plants. The gallery of Alaska is divided up into five geographic regions and highlights the artifacts, people, wildlife, geography and history of each. The Rose Berry Alaska Art Gallery explores two thousand years of Alaskan art, both traditional and modern. “The Place Where You Go to Listen” is a unique sound and light environment created by composer John Luther Adams. Also, the museum features special exhibits like the one that was showing while we were there, “The Last Polar Bear”. The museum is open from 9am til 5pm Mon – Sat and closed on Sunday, with extended hours in the summer. Entry is $12 or less, based on age, and residence. This is a very fine, well thought out museum with plenty to see and enjoy. They suggest three hours to take in everything and I agree with that. When in Fairbanks, this is a must see!
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