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    University of Alaska Museum of the NorthUniversity of Alaska Museum of the North Fairbanks, Alaska
    In Fairbanks, Alaska, you'll visit one of the finest museums of the north located on the campus of the University of Alaska that was originally called the University of Alaska Museum, that had been mandated by the legislature in 1917, with the first president of the university, Charles E. Bunnell instructing Otto Geist to begin accumulating unique items for the museum's new collection. It would wander around the campus until 1936, when it would be moved into Signers' Hall, eventually overflowing the area assigned to it, and the new museum structure would be opened in 2005, with a few galleries opening in 2006. Their collections include; the bird collection, Alaska Center for Documentary Film, marine invertebrates collection, Alaska Frozen Tissue collection, mammal collection, Arctic Archival collection, fish, amphibian and reptile collections, archeology collection, herbarium, earth sciences collection, fine arts collection, entomology collection and the history collection. Upcoming exhibitions include, the Chocolate Bash, Artisan Expo & Sale, Tracking Alaska's Jurassic Dinosaurs and Coffee: The World in Your Cup; with an exciting new exhibit coming that discusses the balance of power in Alaska called the Power Play: Energizing Our Lives, Fueling Alaska's Future. Their outstanding permanent collections house over 1.4 million relics and specimens that represent millions of years of biological diversity and thousands of years of cultural traditions that has happened in the north country. The archaeology collection alone holds over three-quarters of a million relics, with their earth science collection containing over 60,000 specimens that have been divided into two sub-collections; of geology and paleontology. The entomology collection houses over 223,000 specimens from the state and other areas the include eastern Russia, Canada and the United States. The ethnology collection contains over 12,000 objects that have been created and used by the natives from the mid1800s to the current day, that includes beadworks, tools, clothing, basketry, masks, ivory carvings and dolls. The fine arts collection holds over 3700 works of art that is specific to the state.

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    Fountainhead Antique Auto MuseumFountainhead Antique Auto Museum Fairbanks, Alaska
    The Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum is located in Fairbanks, Alaska, showcasing more than 70 historically important American automobiles, as well as highlighting the exciting heritage of the automobile during the state's post-gold rush period that contains rare cars like the 1921 Heine-Velox, 1899 Hertel, 1938 Elto Midget, 1904 Stevens-Duryea, 1933 Auburn V-12 dual ratio custom speedster and 1917 Owen-Magnetic. There are some that are the only remaining examples of their kind in the world, like the 1898 Hay Motor Carriage, the 1920 Argonne and the 1906 Compound; with seventeen of these magnificent steel horses coming here from the equally famous Harrah and Wickham collections. Some of the vehicles look like they might have just rolled off the showroom floor, while others, are in the original condition that they were acquired in. There are over 70 exciting photographs of vintage autos shown on the walls of the museum, including the first autos that arrived in the state so many years ago, including some that were taken during the 1908 New York to Paris race. They houses historically significant exhibits and archival movie footage that illustrates the unusual challenges facing the state's pioneering motorists, and how these adaptive people would modify their vehicles to overcome those challenges of having to travel on snow, ride the rails and cut wood, with one unique vehicle being adapted to run a paddlewheel boat down the Yukon River. Also included in the museum is a vintage fashion collection that follows the progression of fashion from the late Victorian period to the early swing era. This intriguing collection contains over 130 dresses, men's suits, shoes, accessories, hats and coats using some fifty exhibits. A few of the showcased models include early steam, hybrid and electric cars, along with one-of-a-kind and sole-surviving vehicles, the first V-16 powered auto, the first American production car with front wheel drive, midget racers and a cycle car. Other exciting autos include; 1899 Hertel Runabout, 1901 Rochester Steam Runabout, 1904 Rambler Model L Canopy Rear-entrance Tonneau, 1906 Cadillac Model K Runabout, 1907 Ford Model K 6-40 Roadster, 1910 Chalmers-Detroit Model K '30' Roadster, 1912 Buick Model 29 Demi-tonneau, 1914 Grant Model M Roadster, 1928 Pierce-Arrow Series 81 Runabout, 1937 Ford Midget V8-60 Racer and so much more.

March 29, 2014