Fairbanks, the Yukon, and the Interior Travel Guide

Fairbanks, the Yukon, and the Interior Sights

Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center

  • 101 Dunkel St. Map It
  • Fairbanks
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 10/26/2015

Fodor's Review

At this multifaceted facility you can plan your Fairbanks visit—and start it, too. As with visitor centers elsewhere, you can get help with everything from taking in local attractions to negotiating a backcountry adventure. But the highlights here are the museum-quality displays about Interior Alaska. A walk-through exhibit re-creates a fish camp—imagine living in a tent this small for long stretches—and you can walk through a full-size public-use cabin similar to ones you can rent on your own. Be sure to peer out the cabin window: an artful rendition of the northern lights awaits. Native artists frequently sell jewelry and other wares at the center; in addition to making a unique purchase you can chat with them about growing up in the villages or, in some cases, at fish camps such as the one the exhibit depicts. Free films screen here, there's free Wi-Fi access, and the bookstore sells Alaska-related books and gifts. Named for a Tanana leader who dedicated his life to building

bridges between Native and non-Native cultures, the center hosts summer programs showcasing Alaska Native art, music, storytelling, and dance.

On the edge of the center's parking lot and a great photo op is Antler Arch. Made from more than 100 moose and caribou antlers, it serves as a gateway to the bike and walking path along the Chena River.

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Sight Information


101 Dunkel St., Fairbanks, Alaska, 99701, USA

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Summer, daily 8 am–9 pm; winter, daily 8–5

Published 10/26/2015


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