This is a great Visitor’s Center with interesting exhibits and helpful resources. I would suggest that as a tourist, you should make this your first stop in Alaska as it would really help you plan the rest of your trip.
It first opened in September 2009 and this Cultural center is located on the banks of the Chena River in downtown Fairbanks. This astonishing community center celebrates who the Alaskans are and how they live.
It possesses world-class exhibits, cultural and natural history films and various traditional artefacts which intrigue its visitors. The main attraction for me at least, was the 1905 pioneer cabin which was in the process of being restored. Its glass tile mosaics showing traditional Athabasca beadwork designs ornament the sidewalks. The walk-through exhibit hall is very interesting and greets visitors with everyday sounds, beginning with a raven’s call, Athabascan fiddle music and the musical honking of migrating geese.
I enjoyed the stage show in particular, that featured traditional music, story-telling and dancing. The native Alaskan youth dancers in their beaded moose hide garments looked very graceful as they demonstrated their traditional dance forms.
While visiting the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center you will encounter the grandeur of Interior Alaska. It does a good job at educating residents as well as visitors about their natural and cultural history. The experience I had at this center motivated me to go out there and explore all that Fairbanks and the Interior has to offer.