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Reopening Wednesday, July 1

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Museum will open Wednesday - Sunday through the summer.

What's Open • Guest Expectations • Safety Measures • Get tickets

Shippee Family Eye Care Butterfly House at the Fairbanks Museum

Photo: Craig Harrison


Timed tickets are required. You can purchase your tickets online or at the front desk. Online ticket purchases are recommended to make sure you can visit when you want.

What’s Open

The timeless natural history exhibits in the Fairbanks Museum main gallery have been refreshed and renewed. You’ll find yourself face-to-face with our gigantic moose, towering bears, hovering hummingbirds, as well as mounts from our collections that have not been on view before. Open spaces include:


  • Main Gallery (natural history)
  • Balcony Gallery (Fairbanks Family legacy collections, local artifacts, Inside Out exhibit, John Hampson's Bug Art)
  • Soucy Family Exploration Station (partially open - some interactive exhibits are temporarily off limits)
  • Wildflower Table
  • Museum Store


Fairbanks Museum gallery view

Photo: Jose Benitez

  • Shippee Family Eye Care Butterfly House
  • Observation Beehive
  • Eye on the Sky Weather Observation Station
  • StarSpace outdoor astronomy tours
  • Children's Nature Corner
  • Campus picnic tables

These spaces are temporarily off-limits while we prepare them to welcome you when it’s safe:

  • Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium
  • Vinton Space Science Gallery  

Guest Expectations

In accordance with the safety measures set by the Governor, please respect these rules:

If you’re sick, stay home. Self-isolate if you have a fever or cough, or if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Symptoms include: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell. To ensure safety of staff and visitors, individuals exhibiting signs of respiratory illness may be refused entry.

Wash your hands when you enter the building.

Stay six feet away from everyone, except members of your family or group arriving together.

Cloth face coverings are required for guests 3 years old and older. Wear a mask to cover your nose and mouth. Masks are NOT required for infants and toddlers under the age of 2, anyone who has trouble breathing or becomes unconscious, and anyone who is unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Restrooms are available for Fairbanks Museum guests only and access will be restricted to one family at a time.

Infants and toddlers (younger than 2 years old) should be in strollers or carried while indoors.

Water Fountains will not be available.

Safety Measures in Place

Your safety is our priority, and we will adhere to best practices that minimize exposure to the COVID-19 virus at all times. 

  • All staff will be wearing protective equipment including masks or behind a plexi shield.
  • We will conduct frequent disinfecting of heavy transit areas and high-touch surfaces.
  • Only 50 visitors are allowed inside the Museum's galleries at any time.

Museum AdmissionFairbanks Museum members

  • Members: FREE (please bring your membership card)
  • Adults: $9.00
  • Seniors (65+)/children (5 -17): $7.00
  • Children aged 4 and younger: FREE

Groups of 8 or more MUST purchase tickets in advance of your visit.

Choose a time for your visit

  • Morning (10AM - 12PM)
  • Midday (12PM - 2PM)
  • Afternoon (2PM - 4PM)

Please arrive at your ticket time to enjoy every moment of your visit.

Once you arrive, you'll be able to join daily outdoor programming in our Shippee Family Eye Care Butterfly House, StarSpace astronomy tours, and Children's Nature Corner.

Get your tickets now.