Discover & Create Together

Discover science, history, culture, and art through hands-on investigations, crafts, and games. Activities are designed to stimulate curiosity and encourage multigenerational collaboration. Come back every month to explore a new theme!


Programs included with admission.

Family membership gets you in for free all year long!


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Butterfly and moth specimens in a drawer.
UA Museum of the North website

Visit the UA Museum of the North from home with resources for all ages!

Green aurora lights dance across the night sky.
Museum Auditorium

Enjoy a movie in the museum auditorium! Movie offerings change on a regular basis. Additional charge applies.

Three children sitting at a table, working on a craft project.
UA Museum of the North website

Create and discover with your family! Explore our archive of over 150 hands-on activities for all ages, designed to do at home.

Three sketches in colored pencil, showing a stack of TVs, a map of a lake, and a person wearing a hoodie.
April 27th – January 5th, 2025
Special Exhibits Gallery

Thinking Made Visible explores the human instinct to express thought through line, form, and color. It is an immersion in possibility and process - honoring and encouraging the practice of slowing down and spending time with an idea, an object, a place.

Portraits highlighting six African American Alaskans from Fairbanks. Part of 44 portraits on exhibit at UAMN.
December 16th, 2023 - April 1, 2024
Special Exhibits Gallery

The Black in Alaska special exhibition at UAMN presents portraits, videos, and the stories of more than 40 Alaskans from Fairbanks and around Alaska.

Person outside in a forest, holding a large screen with a number of insects and leaves on top.
Thursday, May 23
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
UA Museum of the North

Practice skills to identify, photograph, sketch, and preserve bugs. Use a microscope to take close-up photos. For ages 13-18.

Child and adult sitting at a table gluing butterfly pictures on paper.
Friday, May 10
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
UA Museum of the North

Drop in with your toddler or preschooler to create and discover with hands-on activities in the Creativity Lab. May's theme is Spring!

A Compton's tortoiseshell butterfly on a yellow flower.
Saturday, May 4
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
UA Museum of the North

Create a model butterfly collection and learn to identify butterflies! Explore signs of spring in the boreal forest, see and touch museum objects, and try a scavenger hunt.

Page of field sketching notebook. showing sketches of birds and seals.
Thursday, May 2
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
UA Museum of the North

Sharpen your observation skills. Explore sketching techniques inside and outside the museum. For ages 13-18.