University of Alaska Museum

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University of Alaska Museum

Alaska

(907) 474-7505

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Overview

The museum's research collections - 1.4 million artifacts and specimens - represent millions of years of biological diversity and thousands of years of cultural traditions in the North. The collections are organized into 10 disciplines (archaeology, birds, documentary film, earth sciences, ethnology/history, fine arts, fishes/marine invertebrates, insects, mammals, and plants) and serve as a valuable resource for research on climate change, genetics, contaminants and other issues facing Alaska and the circumpolar North. The museum is also the premier repository for artifacts and specimens collected on public lands in Alaska and a leader in northern natural and cultural history research.

These collections form the foundation for the museum's research, education programs and exhibits. Exhibit highlights include a 2,000-year spectrum of Alaska art, from ancient ivory carvings to contemporary paintings and sculpture, in the Rose Berry Alaska Art Gallery; the state's largest public display of gold and Blue Babe, a 36,000-year-old mummified steppe bison, in the Gallery of Alaska; and an ever-changing sound and light installation driven by the real-time positions of the sun and moon, seismic activity and the aurora in The Place Where You Go to Listen. The museum offers special exhibits, lectures and family programs on a variety of topics throughout the year.

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Latitude, Longitude: 64.857910, -147.837009

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Seasonality/Weather

September 15 through May 14 the museum is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and is closed Sundays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. During the summer, May 15 through September 15, the museum is open daily from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Directions

Driving

Drive to the University of Alaska campus on the west side of Fairbanks and follow the signs to the museum on Yukon Dr. Visitor parking is available adjacent to the museum.

Flying

Closest to the Fairbanks International Airport.

Public Transportation

The UAF campus is accessible by bus using the Fairbanks North Star Borough's MACS bus transit system via the red, blue and yellow lines. Some hotels may provide shuttle service to the museum, and taxis are also available throughout town.

Phone Numbers

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(907) 474-7505

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