Visitors' guide: 2019-2020 tours and attractions

Where do you go from here? Take a hike, or a tour or a class. You have 2,250 acres to explore on our Fairbanks campus, so there’s always something going on.  So find an activity that suits you. The highlights below are a good place to start, and you’ll find lots of other events on our calendars.

It’s your life, your adventure, and it’s your university. Happy trails!

About the Fairbanks campus and area

The 2,250-acre Fairbanks campus, located near the center of Alaska, offers limitless opportunities for activity and recreation. Fairbanks, Alaska's second largest city, sits on the banks of the Chena River in the heart of Alaska. Find out more...

virtual tour

Walking tour

Get to know UAF on student-led, 90-minute tours. Sign up early so we can plan the best experience, or take a virtual tour.

UA Museum of the North
UAF photo by Theresa Bakker

UA Museum of the North

Discover millions of years of biodiversity and thousands of years of cultural traditions at one of Alaska’s premier visitor attractions. 

  • Web: UA Museum of the North website
  • Phone: 907-474-7505
  • Days & times:
    • June 1-Aug. 31: Daily, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Sept. 1-May 31: Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Price: Entry fee
Elvey Building

Geophysical Institute

Visit this world-renowned institute, where scientists study everything from the center of the Earth to the center of the sun.

  • Email:
  • Phone: 907-474-7558
  • Days & times:
    • Guided tour: June 5-Aug. 28, Wednesdays, 1 p.m., Elvey Bldg. lobby
    • Self-guided tour: all year, weekdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
    • Closed for major holidays
  • Price: Free
Georgeson Botanical Garden

Georgeson Botanical Garden

Enjoy extensive displays of flowers and vegetables. Don't miss the popular children's garden boasting the largest hedge maze in Alaska. 

  • Web: Georgeson Botanical Garden website
  • Phone: 907-474-7222
  • Days & times: 
    • Memorial Day through Labor Day: Daily, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
    • Self-guided tour: daily
    • Free walking tour, Fridays, 2 p.m.
  • Price: Suggested donation $5
International Arctic Research Center Akasofu Building

International Arctic Research Center

Explore our lobby displays and get a glimpse of the dynamic state of the Arctic and the abundance of Arctic and global climate change research conducted at IARC.

  • Email:
  • Phone: 907-474-1544
  • Days & times: 
    • All year, weekdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
    • Closed for major holidays.
  • Price: Free
Rocket launch

Poker Flat Research Range

Tour the largest land-based rocket research range in the world and the only high-latitude rocket range in the U.S.


Robert G. White Large Animal Research Station

Get up close and personal with reindeer and muskoxen, survivors from the ice age. Gift shop on site with items by Alaska artists.

Summer concert

Summer Sessions and Lifelong Learning events

Summer Sessions and Lifelong Learning offers courses and hosts many events throughout the summer, including special guest lectures and concerts. For more information call 907-474-7021 or visit the Summer Sessions and Lifelong Learning website.

More things to see and do

While you are at UAF, you may be interested in visiting the bookstore, walking through Signers' Hall where the Alaska Constitution was signed, eating lunch at Wood Center or just wandering around. Check out some other things to see and do throughout the year.