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University of Alaska Museum of the North

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University of Alaska Museum of the North

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TheBeckers55 wrote a review Feb. 2021
Waco, Texas40 contributions5 helpful votes
Really enjoyed reading about the people that moved to Alaska and what they did and how the natives existed there. Highly recommend going thru the museum.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Couple_OR_Travelers wrote a review Feb. 2021
Salem, Oregon97 contributions21 helpful votes
We toured the museum for the third time (we've been here before). It's always great to see all the exhibits. Each time we come back we remember some of the highlights but then we come back and remember more (especially Otto!). It's pretty sad. We went in the middle of Winter and there was really no one there. We were there for about 3 hours and I think 4 other people showed up. However, it was a weekday, during the day and mid-COVID so I'm hoping things for them will begin to pick up again. It's a don't miss place if museums are your thing we go every trip. Currently a lot of the museum is either closed for COVID (the sound room was closed) or under construction. I'm assuming they've picked the off season to make improvements. However, it's too bad it wasn't more open when we were there. Would I go again? Yes, yes I would. We go every time and will go back next trip. Many times for us it's about non-family non-noisy type activities and because of the lack of visitor when we went it was perfect for us. We are not family unfriendly. We are a bit impatient with parents that have zero control over their children and therefore allow them to spoil the experience of others. If you're like us pick a time like we did. Very quiet and plenty of time to look and experience. You do have to pay additional for parking (you do so at the kiosk in the parking lot with a debit card) and you can plug your car in there if you choose.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Response from UAMN M, Megan - Visitor Services Manager at University of Alaska Museum of the North
Responded 1 week ago
We greatly appreciate your return visit to the UA Museum. It has been an incredibly challenging year with the impact of the pandemic. We have indeed decided to use this time to work on improvements to the museum. In May, a complete suspended bowhead whale skeleton will be hung in the grand lobby. Definitely worth a return visit. We'll also have a cafe opening in May. We look forward to welcoming you back, and again thank you for your support of UAMN.
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f-banksAK wrote a review Feb. 2021
Fairbanks, Alaska5 contributions
Had a great time touring through the museum.. haven’t been through the exhibits in a long time. Really do appreciate that we have access to this in our small community. A rare gem indeed. Keep up the good work UAF, not an easy task in these times I’m sure. Will bring out of town guests through for sure eventually. Suggest locals come now as it’s a rare opportunity to have the place basically to yourself and reacquaint yourself with our impressive natural history. Thanks!
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Response from UAMN M, Megan - Visitor Services Manager at University of Alaska Museum of the North
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for taking the time to leave this glowing review of the UA Museum of the North. We sure appreciate our local visitors and are so glad you got to enjoy the local discount. We also offer discounts for Seniors, Veterans, and Local Active Duty Military. We look forward to welcoming your out-of-town guests.
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Carol H wrote a review Feb. 2021
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Went today 2/13/2021 and after paying we asked for a brochure or pamphlet to show us where to go and what to see. They were out. It’s a college. They can’t print more up. At $16 admission, a paper pamphlet isn’t to much to ask for. The gold display they advertise was a joke. I have more gold at home in my jewelry box. Gift shop - $3.95 for a postcard. Really - I got 5/$1 at my hotel gift shop. Think their trying to re-coop some of $42 million they spent in building that building. The 3rd floor was a lot of wasted space to make it look like an “art gallery”. Don’t waste your time or money. A true waste. We try and support local restaurants and cultural things when we travel so we’ll chalk this up to a $32 donation to the college
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Response from UAMN M, Megan - Visitor Services Manager at University of Alaska Museum of the North
Responded 1 week ago
We apologize for the bad experience you had. Our brochures are currently being re-design to better reflect all of the exciting new changes at the museum in the Spring. We have had budget issues with the pandemic and decided it would be best to wait to print the guides until the new exhibit is opened. If you are feeling you missed out on part of your experience, you are able to find the Gallery Guide here at this link: https://www.uaf.edu/museum/files/communication/UAMN-gallery-guide-2017-04-04-A-2-web.pdf. This has been an incredibly challenging year for the Alaska visitor industry and museum, and so your support of UAMN is greatly appreciated as it helps to continue the mission of collection-based research, teaching, and public programs. I hope you found some other, positive, experiences during your visit to this wondrous state.
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amgonzales63 wrote a review Feb. 2021
Lubbock, Texas57 contributions11 helpful votes
There was an entry fee for the museum, it was interesting. Something to do for a few hours. Some of the museum was under construction. There is a fee for parking. It was ok to pass the time
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Date of experience: February 2021
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