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University of Alaska Museum of the North

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The University is also home to an outstanding natural history museum, University of Alaska Museum of the North. Greeting visitors is Otto, a mounted 8 foot 9 inch brown bear, standing upright on two legs. The museum covers all regions of the state and exhibits include the skull and tusks of a mastodon and a woolly mammoth, both of whom used to roam the frozen north. Don’t miss Blue Babe, a 36,000 year old mummified steppe bison that was discovered frozen in the permafrost in 1979. The animal is encased in glass which glows an eerie iridescent blue. Explore artifacts from early Native Alaskans, photographs, historical paintings, a modern sound and light environment recreating the aurora borealis and more.

907 Yukon Drive
Fairbanks, AK
(907) 474-7505


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