Through a collaborative process using a number of community advisory groups, the museum
will undergo a multi-year project to conserve the aging bus that has been subject
to years of vandalism.
Teams will also develop an interpretive approach that will focus on the various life-stages
of the bus. From its service in the 1950s as a part of the Fairbanks City Transit
System, as a home for the family of a Yutan Construction Company mining road crew
member in the early 1960s, as a shelter for hunters and back-country hikers in the
1970s and '80s, and most famously as the final place of refuge in 1992 for Christopher
McCandless, the young man whose story was made famous by the 1996 Jon Krakauer book, Into the Wild.
The bus will be exhibited in an immersive outdoor space near the Museum, on the UAF
campus. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience the history safely, for the
first time in thirty years.