At the University of Alaska Museum of the North (UAMN) you can explore Alaska Native cultures, natural wonders, and diverse wildlife. Get inspired by 2,000 years of Alaska art and see our special exhibit about Alaska’s dinosaurs.
UAMN offers a wide array of activities and resources for families, children, students, teachers, community members, and visitors of all ages and backgrounds. Learn from the extraordinary diversity of the museum collections and related research. Connect with Alaska’s science, arts, and cultures.
Join us during hands-on family programs, plan a field trip or birthday party, or trigger your curiosity in our Family Room. We encourage families to learn and explore together. Passes for the museum are available for check out at the public library. Museum members and Alaska military families get in free all year.
Your discoveries start here!
Explore a different theme every month! Discover science, culture, and art through interactive investigations, hands-on exploration, and crafts. Our activities are designed to stimulate curiosity and encourage multigenerational collaboration. Drop in to the Creativity Lab during program times and enjoy an experience together. Find more information on our Family Programs webpage.
- EARLY EXPLORERS (ages 0-5, with adult): Fridays, 10 am-noon
- JUNIOR CURATORS (ages 6+, with adult): One Saturday a month, 2-4 pm
- TEEN STUDIO (ages 13-18): Select Saturdays, 2-4 pm (registration required)
Other programs and events include workshops, monthly Family Days with free admission for kids, our annual museum sleepover, and outreach at the Noel Wien Library. See our monthly flyer for a full list of events.
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The museum’s membership program pays for itself in just three visits. There are packages to fit families of all sizes. Members get in free all year and are eligible to sign up for our activity-packed club for kids, the UAMN Curiosity Club.
Curiosity Club members get free admission to family programs, a club button, birthday shout out, and monthly activity sheets.
With our hands-on programs, exhibits, movies, Family Room, and galleries, there are plenty of reasons to visit often. See which membership package fits your family or consider a gift of membership for someone you know.
UAMN serves students and educators with field trips, object-based teaching kits, science nights, afterschool partnerships, and Homeschool Day.
More than 3,000 students visit the museum each year on school field trips. Most are guided by volunteer docents. Local volunteers donate almost 1,500 hours a year to educational programs at the museum.
In addition to field trips, students engage with museum objects at science nights and through museum kits borrowed by teachers. We will come to you. Plan a UAMN Science Night at your school! UAMN also partners with the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District for afterschool programming and hosts a yearly Homeschool Day.
Every child should get a chance to spark their curiosity at UAMN!
New research suggests that prions, the infectious agents of infectious diseases, may influence aging, possibly slowing down the rate of brain aging.
Many people worldwide report memory problems as a result of an infectious disease, and in one field in western Australia there have been numerous prion-related deaths.
By analyzing information from the Queensland, Australian and New Zealand clinical databases, researchers identified prion ages at which cognitive decline was evaluated, lowered cognition and other diseases, including dementia, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
“In Cade Park, New South Wales, the brains were investigated where we found traces of prion lysates and neurofibrillary tangles from disease-relevant animals,” said Nimmer.
“We also did a further analysis, looking at the age of infection-relevant animals, looking at the chain of causation, looking at which factors correlated with cognition.
“By using a combined approach using statistics, we could see if there was a relationship between the age of the prion-relevant animals and cognition.”