At the University of Alaska Museum of the North, visitors can explore Alaska Native cultures, natural wonders and diverse wildlife, along with 2,000 years of Alaska art. There is even a special exhibit about the dinosaurs of Alaska, plus a cozy cafe’ and fabulous gift shop.
A special feature of the UA Museum is its many opportunities for hands-on learning. Parents can align museum programming with their children’s interests, be it trees, rivers, bones or art. A few Saturdays each semester, the museum hosts Family Days so that visitors can connect with museum research and collections. Children (along with parents) get to enjoy art, science and culture through hands-on activities for all ages.
And now the museum’s new membership packages make joining easier and more affordable. A family membership allows any two adults and all children an entire year’s membership for $85, or two adults or one adult and one child may join for $75.
On Saturday, Jan. 28, the museum will hold its Open House of Gratitude from noon to 4 p.m. with free admission all day, including access to labs and collections that normally have restricted access. Go behind the scenes and meet the curators.
As UAF celebrates its 100th anniversary, it’s notable that the museum has been building collections since 1927 and has been in its current location since 1980.
The museum is a proud sponsor of Fairbanks’ public TV and radio. “KUAC is a way to get the word out to the community about what we are doing,” said Theresa Bakker, the museum’s marketing and communications manager. “KUAC is the first place we go.”
Aldona Jonaitis, the museum director, said, “KUAC is literally the only radio station I listen to. The news, music, programs enhance my life and provide continued pleasure and education.”
Find out more about the museum at uaf.edu/museum.