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    Gates Of The Arctic

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

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Collections

A collage image of various objects from the Gates of the Arctic museum collections.

The museum collections for Gates of the Arctic serve to document the cultural and natural history of the Central Brooks Range and are used for research, interpretation, and resource management purposes. The largest of the collections are in archaeology and archives, followed by smaller collections in biology, paleontology, history, and ethnology. The majority of the collections are stored in a state of the art curation facility in the Fairbanks Administrative Center, while others are curated in partner repositories such as the University of Alaska Museum of the North (UAMN).

Gates of the Arctic has been described as a living landscape and the museum collections reflect this unique attribute. The cultural materials housed in the museum illuminate the details of human occupation of the central Brooks Range from modern times stretching back for over ten thousand years. The limited paleontological collections reach back even further. The biological collections, housed primarily at UAMN, provide a record of the combined arctic and sub-arctic ecology of the region. The extensive archive documents the creation and early years of the park and preserve as well as years worth of administrative activity including numerous resource management undertakings within the park.

At this time the Gates of the Arctic museum collections do not have a publicly accessible space. However there are ways for interested parties to experience them. It is possible to visit the collections in person but they are also accessible in various ways through the web.

If you would like to learn more about the collections feel free to contact the museum curator, to set up an appointment.

Explore a Web Exhibit

These virtual exhibits highlight a specific section of the collections They are a combination of stories and images that provide a deeper insight into a specific subset of the overall collection. The titles listed below will take you directly to an exhibit.

Archaeological Research at a Prehistoric Paleo-Eskimo Camp: A Virtual Exhibit

Did You Know?

Historic photo of a Native Alaskan woman with a dog team in the winter snow

Humans have lived on and off the land in Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve for more than 12,500 years.