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    Fort Greely, AK Museums

    >Delta Junction, North Pole, Deltana:

    The Sullivan Roadhouse is the oldest roadhouse, and one of few still standing, in the interior of Alaska, built in 1905 along the Valdez-Fairbanks Trail as a stop for gold miners. The roadhouse operated until 1922 and is still furnished with many original items. Visitors will see what an early 1900s inn kitchen and bedroom looked like, as well as many early photographs and artifacts.

    Santa Claus House is, well, exactly what it sounds like! This former general store was owned by a gentleman who dressed up as Santa every year and whose wife was the postmistress for the town of North Pole. Soon enough the Christmas spirit took over the store, including one of the world's largest Santa statues, and now sells Christmas apparel and decorations, has live reindeer, and sends letters from Santa postmarked from the North Pole. After all, with a town name like that, how could Santa not live here?

    The Alaska Homestead and Historical Museum allows visitors to learn firsthand how a typical homestead operates. Tour the log home, operating sawmill (used to make the home and its furnishings), greenhouse and gardens, barns and outbuildings, livestock area, and true Alaska freight dog team.


    University of Alaska Museum of the North
    is Alaska's only teaching and research museum and serves the purpose of collecting and sharing biological and cultural information of the North with over 1 million artifacts and specimens. Some exhibits include "Blue Babe" the mummified bison who is over 36,000 years old, the largest display of gold in Alaska, a light and sound installation that changes based on real-time sun and moon positions, and ancient Eskimo ivory carvings.

    The Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center is a great place for visitor information and to understand the background of Interior Alaska's natural and cultural histories through world-class exhibits. The center was named for Morris Thompson, a Tanana native and important business, political, and cultural leader in the area.

    Pioneer Park is Alaska's only historical "theme park" and features many museums, restaurants and shops, and attractions that show the history of Alaska and its people. Don't miss the Alaska Native Museum, the Pioneer Air Museum, gold mine, or stampede show, just to name a few.

    The Fairbanks Community Museum preserves and displays historical and cultural items from the Fairbanks area and foster appreciation of Alaskan local history. Exhibits range from gold mining to dog sledding and the 1934 first winter carnival.