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!
Researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have discovered a new role for a hormonal receptor involved in the sensory system early in development of the nasal brush.
As reported in Nature Neuroscience, the hormone receptor — called ERα — is found in the nasal cavity within nerve cells that are part of the nervous system developing into the nasal cavity around three weeks after birth.
ERα appeared during development in the womb as a vestigial response to odorous stimuli such as hair cloy, but it has since been found in the nasal cavity where functional odor neurons are located.
“The ability to detect subtle changes in olfactory sensory function through emergence of unique, dormant neurons in the olfactory system may greatly enhance scientists’ understanding of the total sensory system and serve as a cornerstone of regenerative medicine approaches to treat hearing loss and other hearing disorders,” says Eric C.
Moser, who leads the MIT Sloan Center for Regenerative Neuroscience.
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