Experience something new together

Education & Public Programs offers a variety of community programs for all ages to explore Alaska’s science, art, culture and history through hands-on activities. Check the events page for news about upcoming opportunities for both children and adults. You may also download our monthly flyer or look at individual pages to learn more about our specific programs.

Dive into our monthly themes at the museum. Upcoming themes include plants of Alaska (September), nocturnal animals (October), dinosaurs (November), symmetry (December), collections (January), Ice Age (February), Arctic science (March), expeditions (April), and insects (May).

Museum members get in free all year!


For regular updates on the museum's programs and events, subscribe to our monthly e-News, or like us on Facebook!

Art + Video Contest

Channel your inner Arctic artist and submit an original piece of artwork or video to help celebrate Arctic Science Summit Week! The contest is open to K-12 students everywhere, and cash prizes will be awarded to 1st and 2nd place in each category. Winners and honorable mention entries will be featured online and on the UAF campus during the conference (March 9-20). This year’s theme is “Many Lands, One Arctic.” The submission deadline is February 10, 2016 (5:00pm Alaska time).

See for contest details, and have fun creating Arctic
science art!

Museum Sleepover

Spend a night at the museum! Join us for after hours special activities and night time gallery explorations. Create, explore, and finally sleep amongst the exhibits. An evening snack and light breakfast are provided. Our annual sleepover will be February 19, 2016. 

More info on our sleepover page.


Celebrate a birthday at the Museum of the North

Want a unique kind of birthday party? Does your child like to explore, make art, and experiment with science? Come celebrate at the UA Museum of the North! UAMN Birthday parties are age appropriate and designed for children between 5 and 11 years old.

Find more information on our UAMN Birthday Parties page.

Family Days

Science, art and culture in your hands

From September through May, connect with museum research and collections during our monthly themed Family Days. Explore science, art, and culture through hands-on art & science activities. Meet the experts. Learn about UAF research and explore museum collections.

Kids 14 & under are free for Family Day. Sponsored by Saltchuk.

Explore our Family Day page.

Family Programs

Discover & Create

Explore a different theme every month!  Discover science, culture, and art through interactive investigations, hands-on exploration and crafts. Our activities are designed to stimulate curiosity and encourage multigenerational collaboration. Drop-in the Creativity Lab during program times and enjoy an experience together. Find more info on our Family Programs page.

EARLY EXPLORERS (5 and under, with adult) every Friday, 10-noon
JUNIOR CURATORS (6 and up, with adult) Two Saturdays per month, 2-4pm


Special Exhibits

Enjoy special exhibits all year
Special exhibits, designed and built by museum staff, explore a variety of subjects. Interactive elements make exhibits enjoyable for the whole family. Special programming around the exhibit themes is developed every year for families.


Family Room

Be Curious

Our Family Room is a place for children and adults to be curious and feel at home. Collection-based touchable materials, toys, puzzles, and books encourage quiet investigation and intergenerational discovery time. The Family Room offers a low stress environment for adults to relax and all ages to explore.

Included with regular museum admission. Open daily.

Support UAMN Public Programs

You can help connect children and adults to museum science, culture, and art. Follow the link below to learn more about opportunities for giving.

Giving page

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