Museum of the North

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The 1940s-era Fairbanks public transit bus made famous by the book and movie “Into the Wild” is back in Fairbanks. Under an arrangement announced in June when the state had the bus airlifted out from along the Stampede Trail north of Denali National Park, the University of Alaska Museum of the North will develop an exhibit about the bus. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.


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Starving seabirds searching for food, far from shore …

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Fairbanks, Alaska - Over the weekend, six new sculptures were installed outside the University of Alaska Museum of the North.  Local artists created the works in conjunction with a new special exhibit.

Fairbanks, AK - A new exhibit opens at the University of Alaska Museum of the North over the weekend. The year-long installation is called "Arctic Odyssey: Voyages of the R/V Sikuliaq."  It offers a first-hand look the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ state-of-the-art new research vessel, slated to sail in Arctic waters next year.

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Fairbanks, AK - It will be a few months before butterflies flit through the air in Interior Alaska, but the Museum of the North at the University of Alaska Fairbanks was recently filled with them.  The museum is working to catalogue the second-largest collection of Arctic butterflies and moths in the world. It’s the largest private collection of its kind.  Eventually most of the specimens will be passed on to the Smithsonian.

Rare $5 Bill from Fairbanks Goes Up for Auction

Oct 17, 2012
UAF Museum of the North

Fairbanks, AK - An extremely rare bank note goes up for auction in Dallas, Texas today (October 17).  Bids start at 120-thousand dollars, but experts say it could sell for up to 300-thousand dollars.  That five dollar bill belonged to the Golden Heart City’s namesake, United States Vice President, Charles W. Fairbanks.  It’s one of four printed for the First National Bank of Fairbanks in 1905.  Behind several locked doors at the Museum of the North, another one rests in a folder in mint condition.