FAIRBANKS - Tourism season is coming fast, but Fairbanks residents can get a head start this Saturday, May 26, with free admission to 10 area museums.
The museums feature a variety of Alaska topics, such as trains, planes, nature, ice and local history.
“It’s a good chance for people to get out with their kids and their friends and to scout out where to take your summer visitors,” said Ron Inyoue, president of the Tanana-Yukon Historical Society. It’s the 14th year the group has sponsored the Fairbanks Museum Day.
Ten community museums are included in the tour, clustered in downtown Fairbanks, Pioneer Park and the farmhouse at Creamer’s Field.
This year, the tour also will feature the stained glass windows at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 115 N. Cushman St., and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 1029 First Ave.
Participating museums will have balloons at the door. Each location will have brochures and maps of the other participating museums.
Families can also pick up a quiz, which is a sort of scavenger hunt featuring questions about all the museums, the answers to which are in the museums themselves.
Once they’re complete, participants will drop the quiz off at the final museum they visit. Correct quizzes will be entered in a drawing for prizes.
“A lot of of people spend quite a lot of time going back and forth trying to get those quizzes answered,” Inyoue said.
Contact staff writer Julie Stricker at 459-7532.
Participating museums include:
Creamer's Field Farm House
Fairbanks Community Museum,
Fairbanks Ice Museum,
Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center
Alaska Native Museum,
Kitty Hensley House,
Pioneer Air Museum,
Sternwheeler S/S Nenana,
Tanana Valley Railroad Museum,
Wickersham House Museum
IF YOU GO
What: Fairbanks Museums Day
When: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 26
Where: 10 community museums around Fairbanks
Info: Tanana-Yukon Historical Society, 474-9403