Visit the Museums
Known as the “Golden Heart City,” Fairbanks was founded in 1901 when supplies were delivered to a mining trading post. The museums tell the story of life in the Far North and the grit of the people who live there. Learn about the city’s early gold rush years at the historic Tanana Valley Railroad Museum and Pioneer Air Museum. See hand-carved Alaska Native art and artifacts, the state’s largest gold display and an Ice Age bison mummy at UAF Museum of the North. Visit the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum to see pre-World War II cars and 1920s fashions. Experience the “20 below” temperature from a freezer inside the Fairbanks Ice Museum and learn about the annual World Ice Art Championships. At the Aurora Ice Museum, the world’s largest year-round ice environment, play the ice xylophone, crawl into the indoor igloo, visit the frosted chapel and sip on an appletini from an ice glass all inside the museum.
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