University of Alaska Museum of the North
907 Yukon Dr, Fairbanks, AK, USA
University of Alaska Museum of the North Fairbanks Reviews
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!
Part of the 2009 Cruise to and tour of Alaska travel blog
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