For History Buffs: Alaska's Museum of the North

In Fairbanks, the University of Alaska Museum of the North chronicles the state's history and heritage.

The University of Alaska Museum of the North in Fairbanks offers a more in-depth look at the state’s history, its Russian and Native heritage, including the relocation of Alaska Natives from the Aleutian Islands in World War II, gold-panning and homesteading.

The “Gallery of Alaska” provides an overview of each region of the state and its native people, wildlife and geography.

The museum also houses two permanent exhibits of Alaskan art and a room that combines natural phenomena to create an ever-changing light and music display, called “The Place Where You Go To Listen.” Rotating exhibits offer a different take on Alaska's history each year: The "Last Road North" exhibit displays photographer Ben Huff's large format images from the Dalton Highway, and "Dinosaurs" (opening May 23, 2015) showcases fossils found in the state and features a virtual field camp like used by the museum's trained paleontologists.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks campus also offers a look at animals and plants of the far north in several locations: the Georgeson Botanical Garden, Reindeer Research Farm and the Large Animal Research Station. Learn more at the museum's website or call 907.474.7505. Adult admission is $12; youth tickets are $7 (varying discounts are available for Alaska residents, military and UA faculty, staff and students).

Molly Dischner
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