Museum of the North at UA Fairbanks
History & Heritage in the Last Frontier
No matter where you go in Alaska, history awaits.
From Fairbanks’ state-of-the-art Museum of the North and quirky-as-can-be Fairbanks Ice Museum, to historic downtown Wasilla’s Dorothy G. Page Museum and the Totem Heritage Center in Ketchikan, Alaska is excited to share its vast and unique heritage with its visitors.
Choose a city, and choose your own adventure:
It’s no surprise Alaska’s largest city features a slue of historic sites, museums, and heritage centers.
If it’s Alaskan culture you want, then – once you visit Alaska Heritage Library Museum, Alaska Native Heritage Center, and the Anchorage Museum – then Alaskan culture you got. In the meantime, history buffs enjoy the Oscar Anderson House Museum, while the kids love trips to the Alaska Aviation Museum.
What Fairbanks features is plenty of history. Explore the aesthetically impressive Museum of the North – set on campus at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Permanent features include the Arctic Archival Observatory, the Alaska Center for Documentary Film, and collections of art, natural history, and regular history.
And for fun, check out historic downtown’s Fairbanks Ice Museum, found in the former Lacey Street Theater and offering hourly tours.
As the capital of the Last Frontier, Juneau hosts the Alaska State Museum – soon to be relocated to the State Library, Archives & Museum. Focusing on the history, art, and most importantly, people of Alaska, this museum has been around since 1900.
Other Juneau museums include the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, and the nearby Last Chance Mining Museum.
Cama'i! In Kodiak, go back – way back – to 7,500 years ago with the Alutiiq Museum, and explore the Native culture of Kodiak Island.
And for a museum and historic site in one, check out the Baranov Museum – a National Historic Landmark – for more Alutiiq history, plus a little background on heritage from our Russian neighbors.
Named for William Henry Seward, the Seward Museum breaks down the influence of the Seward family on this corner of Alaska. The site showcases the Seward House with daily tours of this National Historic Landmark.
Check out the last territorial school at the Soldotna Historical Society Museum in – yep – Soldotna. This 160-acre park and museum also includes a wildlife museum, and log village for you history buffs.
Head to Homer, and explore the culture, science, and art of the Kachemak Bay area – housed in the Pratt Museum. And for you natural science nerds, the Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center offers permanent exhibits like One Big Ocean, Bob "Sea Otter" Jones, and the Seabird Experience Theater.
Known as Alaska's Art Capital – and for good reason– Homer yields a number of theaters and performing arts groups along with its museums and visitor centers. Just another way to get to know Alaska’s heritage.
History is killin’ it in Valdez. Visit the Valdez Museum & Historical Archive for an in-depth lesson of Chugach Mountains.
Ever seen a stuffed polar bear? Visit Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum at the Prince William Sound Community College for Native Alaskan exhibits and mounted wildlife.
Iditarod fans, break for Wasilla and check out the Dorothy G. Page Museum & Historic Town Site – commemorating the “Mother of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race."
And dads, check out the Museum of Alaska Transportation & Industry; not to be missed thanks to trains, planes, and automobiles – and boats, too.