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Museums & Cultural Centers
Find information on all the museums in Alaska (locations, hours of operation, collections, exhibits and links) at the statewide museum association website, www.museumsalaska.org
DOG MUSHING MUSEUM
Sleds, clothing, harnesses, trophies and cold-weather expedition gear are on display in the Dog Mushing Museum, Courthouse Square, in downtown Fairbanks. Call 907-457-6874 for more information.
FAIRBANKS COMMUNITY MUSEUM
Housed in Historic City Hall, the Fairbanks Community Museum was founded to help revitalize the downtown area and celebrates the history of Fairbanks with interpretive displays, period artifacts, newspapers and archival photos.
FAIRBANKS ICE MUSEUM
Check out the “coolest show in town.” The Fairbanks Ice Museum has ice sculptures, a multimedia show and a slide show. Experience Alaska’s winter anytime.
FIRST FRIDAY ART
Each month, go on a tour of selected art galleries for First Friday receptions between 5 and 8 p.m.
FOUNTAINHEAD ANTIQUE AUTO MUSEUM
The Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum at Wedgewood Resort presents three extraordinary collections under one roof: classic cars, vintage fashions and Alaska transportation history. Here visitors can spend hours exploring how American automobile design and clothing styles evolved dramatically from the late Victorian Age through the Roaring ’20s and art deco eras. More than 65 rare vehicles are on display, including horseless carriages, steam automobiles, electric cars, speedsters, cyclecars, midget racers and ’30s classics. Remarkably, all but a few of the automobiles are driven each summer, making this a true “living museum.”
The museum is at 212 Wedgewood Drive, off College Road and Margaret Avenue. Call 907-450-2100 or visit the website for more information.
MORRIS THOMPSON CENTER
This regional visitor center gives visitors a great experience in discovering the people and land of Interior Alaska. The center features a theater, an artisans’ workshop and demonstration area, an elders’ gathering area, cultural and environmental education classrooms, and outdoor recreation space, as well as providing visitor information and trip planning services.
NOEL WIEN PUBLIC LIBRARY
Before Fairbanks had a museum, this functional, award-winning library decided to provide residents with culture and beauty. The Noel Wien Public Library also serves as a museum, with fine art displayed throughout.
PIONEER AIR MUSEUM
Planes, Alaska aviation paintings, lithographs, photographs and other memorabilia of the Interior and Arctic Alaska Aeronautical Foundation are on display at the Gold Dome in the center of Pioneer Park in the farthest north air museum in the U.S.
PIONEER MUSEUM & BIG STAMPEDE SHOW
The Pioneer Museum in Pioneer Park contains artifacts, photos and related information on the history of Fairbanks and Interior Alaska since the gold rush era. The 45-minute Big Stampede show depicts the rush to the Klondike and Alaska.
UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA MUSEUM OF THE NORTH
Stunning architecture and exhibits showcase millions of years of biological diversity as well as ancient and contemporary Alaska Native culture, art and artifacts on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus in the only research and teaching museum in the state. The museum also contains the acclaimed “Place Where You Go to Listen” installation, which transforms the electronic pulse of the cosmos into music.
WICKERSHAM HOUSE MUSEUM
A house museum, dedicated to the life and times of Judge James Wickersham and his family during the years 1900-10, is on the grounds of Pioneer Park.