Outside entrane of Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center


Welcome Back!

The Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center was created to be a place for gathering, discovery, education and celebration. Here locals and visitors alike can experience the people, cultures, and nature of Interior Alaska. On June 15 we joyfully reopened our doors to our community and or visitors, and we look forward to fulfilling our… Read More

Cruisin’ the Fossil Coastline

From January through September 13th, 2020 you can see a special selection of artwork by Ray Troll at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center. The special show is a tempting sample of an exhibit that opened January 18 at the University of Alaska Museum of the North (UAMN), featuring paintings by Ray Troll and… Read More

Covid-19 Response

Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center Re-Opens June 15th The Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center re-opened Monday, June 15, 2020 at 8 a.m. We are dedicated to ensuring the safety and enjoyment of our guests and employees, and have made changes to our operations at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center to do… Read More

2020 Cultural Traditions Workshops Announced!

The 2020 line-up of Cultural Traditions Workshops are unique opportunities to learn traditional Alaska Native skills directly from master craftspeople and artists. From skin sewing to drum-making to fish skin baskets and beaded earrings, we’ve got an amazing array of choices for you. For the second year running, Cultural Traditions Workshops will also be offered… Read More

Village-Based Cultural Traditions Workshops

Since 2019, Tanana Chiefs Conference Cultural Programs, a partner in the Morris Thompson Center, has offered Village Workshops sharing traditional skills through skilled craftspeople and artists passing on their knowledge directly to students. The Village Workshops were created for residents of Alaska’s rural communities who can’t always join us in Fairbanks for workshops at the… Read More

Yukon Quest 2020 Start at MTCVC!

The Yukon Quest starts at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 1st right outside the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center. Don’t miss this iconic event of Interior Alaska! Here’s a tip from the locals: there’s free parking at the downtown parking garage for this special event! The Yukon Quest has grown into an international affair,… Read More

Internship Opportunity at APLIC!

Join the Alaska Public Lands Information Center, Fairbanks this summer as a Student Conservation Association Intern! We are looking for candidates for our Education Assistant position in Fairbanks. You will assist with planning and implementation of a variety of outdoor and indoor education programs for youth and families during the summer. Responsibilities include preparing for and leading… Read More

Alaska Native Gift Store Creates Economic Opportunity for Village Artists

Over the winter of 2018-2019, Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) Cultural Programs quietly launched an exciting new project designed to connect entrepreneurial Native Alaskan artists in rural villages with the over 160,000 visitors who come to the Morris Thompson Center annually.  Many visitors are looking for authentic, Alaska Native-made items to take home with them. TCC… Read More

Original Exhibit Designers Return to the Morris Thompson Center

The Morris Thompson Center exhibits have a fresh new look!  The original exhibit designers returned to Fairbanks to modernize the exhibit lighting with LED technology.  Chris and Bianca, pictured here in the exhibits’ smoke-house, threw themselves into upgrading the exhibit lighting with a passion born of their long-term dedication to and vision for the Morris… Read More

Special Exhibit: Carvings by Kathleen Carlo-Kendall and Chris Ehlers

A collection of pieces by renowned contemporary Athabaskan mask maker Kathleen Carlo-Kendall and her apprentice, Chris Ehlers, will be on view at the Morris Thompson Center exhibit hall throughout May and June.  In October, the two artists will return once more to the center with a special exhibit of new work that they are creating… Read More

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