(Fairbanks, Alaska - AK, USA)
Fairbanks offers a number of world-class museums, including the University of Alaska's Museum of the North, voted the best museum in the whole of Alaska.
Other notable museums in Fairbanks include the Ice Museum, which features some truly impressive ice art and sculptures, and the Alaskaland Pioneer Air Museum, where aviation in Alaska began. Here is some more information about the museums in Fairbanks.
University of Alaska's Museum of the North
Address: 907 Yukon Drive, Fairbanks, Alaska AK, 99775, USA
Tel: +1 907 474 7505
Voted Fairbanks' and Alaska's best museum, the University of Alaska's Museum of the North is an amazing exhibition of everything to do with the state. Travel through time from prehistoric ages to the time of the land bridge crossing, the arrival of the Russians and finally the gold rush era. A must-see is the fantastically preserved remains of a frozen Ice Age steppe bison, while the displays on Native arts and artefacts are absorbing. There are lots of audio visual exhibits as well, featuring documentaries on the aurora borealis, native dancing and traditional whaling and sealing.
Open hours: mid-May to September, daily - 09:00 to 19:00; October to mid-May, Monday to Friday - 09:00 to 17:00, Saturday and Sunday - 12:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge; free for children 6 and under.
Address: 500 2nd Avenue, Fairbanks, Alaska AK, 99711, USA
Tel: +1 907 451 8222
If you happen to miss out on the Ice Festival in March, you can always get your fill of stunning ice carvings at this excellent and unique Fairbanks museum. In the museum you can see some of the best ice art in the world, as well as photographs of the entrants in the annual Ice Festival and other displays dealing with ice. Come prepared for some freezing temperatures however, as you will probably want to enter some of the colder rooms to view the actual ice carvings themselves.
Open hours: June to early September, daily - 10:00 to 18:00 (can vary from year to year)
Alaskaland Pioneer Air Museum
Address: Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way, Fairbanks, Alaska AK, 99707-0437, USA
Tel: +1 907 451 0037
The Alaskaland Pioneer Air Museum celebrates the birthplace of aviation in Alaska, with highlights including 16 large aircraft, Interior and Arctic Alaska aviation memorabilia, many restored engines, World War II artifacts and a museum gift shop.
Open hours: Memorial Day to Labor Day, daily - 11:00 to 21:00
Admission: charge, discounts for children and families