Museum of the North


The University of Alaska Museum of the North is a popular visitor attraction, a vital component of the university and the only research and teaching museum in Alaska. The museum’s collection – 1.4 million artifacts and specimens – represents millions of years of biological diversity and thousands of years of cultural traditions. The collections are organized into 10 disciplines (archaeology, birds, documentary film, earth sciences, ethnology, fine arts, fishes, insects, mammals, and plants) and serve as a resource for research on climate change, contaminants and other issues facing the circumpolar North.

Did you shoot Otto the Bear?

Everyday, people stop to take a picture of one of the most recognizable specimens at the University of Alaska Museum of the North, an 8’ 9” brown bear that has greeted guests for more than 40 years. Now, the museum is looking for your photos of the bear. Read more.

Photo Gallery: Unpacking the Fossils

At a recent Open House at the University of Alaska Museum of the North, Earth Science Curator Pat Druckenmiller unpacked plaster jackets full of dinosaur fossils. A large plaster crate was full of hadrosaur fossils collected on Alaska's North Slope. More photos.

Journey of the Seal Stone an Archaeological Tale

A rare example of Aleutian petroglyphs has been donated to the University of Alaska Museum of the North’s archaeology collection and will be used in a variety of research projects to better understand the cultural roles of rock art in Unangam culture. Learn more.

Photo Gallery: A Prize Pipeline Pig

Alyeska Pipeline Service Company donated a pig to the UA Museum of the North's ethnology and history collection. It will be displayed at the west end of the building grounds. Click for more photos.

Photo Gallery: 1841 Kolmakovsky Blockhouse

Over the weekend a crew raised the new roof for our historical blockhouse, originally built on the banks of the Kuskokwim River in 1841. See the photos.

Video: Northern Alaska Rock Art

While prehistoric rock art is common in some regions, such as the American Southwest, it is exceptionally rare in Interior and Northern Alaska. Archaeologists working in the 1960s and 70s found boulders adorned with petroglyphs at three different lakefront sites in what is now the Noatak National Preserve in Northwest Alaska. Click for more.

Photo Gallery: Rural Alaska Honors Institute Tour

Students from the Rural Alaska Honors Institute toured the museum on Friday, July 15. Operation manager Kevin May, genomic resources specialist Aren Gunderson and many of the museum's technicians showed off the labs and parts of the collection that most people don't get to see. See the photo gallery.