1. POLAR PASSION. Check out the special exhibit on polar bears! In the special exhibits gallery, the museum has assembled Grace Schaible’s collection of polar bear art: bronzes, stone sculptures, oils, prints and more. Schaible was an avid collector, as well as an Alaska pioneer: she was the state’s first female attorney general.
PHOTO (above) by Emily Koehler-Platten of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.
2. THE PLACE WHERE YOU GO TO LISTEN. The last time I was visiting at the museum, I had the chance to meet John Luther, the artist who conceived and built this unique exhibit. This ever-changing musical ecosystem gives voice to the rhythms of daylight and darkness, the phases of the moon, the seismic vibrations of the earth, and the dance of the aurora borealis.
3. BEHIND THE SCENES TOURS. New: FREE with admission! Only about 10 percent of the Museum’s collections are on display at once. Do you want to learn more about the artifacts and specimens? You have to plan in advance, since only 10 spaces are available for each tour, whcih starts at 2PM on Tuesdays and Fridays. You’ll see the labs and learn more from the curators on the 1.5 milllion items in the museum’s inventory!
The “Gallery of Alaska” still is the favorite at the museum. Learn all about the history of the people and the wildlife in the Great Land. This is a MUST SEE destination in Fairbanks!
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