Museums

SS Nenana

Known as the "Last Lady of the River" she was built in Nenana, Alaska in 1932 and launched in 1933.  This 247 foot wooden hull boat carried both passengers and freight along with her crew of 32.

The SS Nenana operated on the Yukon and Tanana rivers until 1954 and she was named a National Historic Landmark in 1989.

Watch a video about the SS Nenana


Museums-Kitty Hensley House

Kitty Hensley House

Operated by the Pioneers of Alaska

Cost:  FREE

Hours: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day

The Kitty Hensley House Museum has been located at Pioneer Park since 1967. 

Our pioneer lady, Kitty Hensley arrived in Fairbanks in 1907 and was the original owner of this Queen Anne style house and of the riverboat the "Florence S".  

You are invited to stop in and visit this unique museum which reflects how early day pioneer homemakers were an integral part of settling Fairbanks.

Harding Car

Cost:  FREE

Hours: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day

The Harding Car is also known as the Denali Car.  President Warren G. Harding rode in this car when he came to Alaska in 1923 to drive the Golden Spike for the Alaska Railroad, completing the 500 mile long line. Harding was the first President to visit Alaska.

Watch a video about the Harding Car

Pioneer Air Museum

Operated by the Interior and Arctic Alaska Aeronautical Foundation

Cost: 
Individual Price: $5/Adult
Group Price: $10 for up to 4 adults
Children up to 12:  FREE if
      accompanied by an adult.

Hours: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Thursday - Saturday
Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day

Housed in the gold dome, the Interior and Arctic Alaska Aeronautical Foundation operates a historical aviation museum. The museum features aircraft and memorabilia from the Alaska air adventures of yesteryear.  The museum displays aircraft used in Alaska from 1913 to 1948.

Pioneer Museum

Operated by the Pioneers of Alaska

Cost:  Donation Requested
           $5.00 suggested amount

Hours: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day

The Fairbanks Pioneer Museum features areas of interest, such as communications, transportation, farming, tools, native culture and of course mining. Items in these areas were donated to the Museum by early pioneers and gold seekers.

Come and view many authentic displays including professionals, musical instruments and general store.


Learn about the early pioneer’s daily challenges and let your mind experience what was needed to survive in the North.  

Click here for more information about the Pioneers of Alaska

Tanana Valley Railroad Museum

Operated by the Friends of the Tanana Valley Railroad

Cost:  FREE

Hours: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day

Engine #1 was restored over a ten year period by the Friends of the Tanana Valley Railroad and is on display in the Museum. It is the oldest operating steam locomotive in Alaska and the Yukon Territory.
Click here for more information about the Friends of the Tanana Valley Railroad

Wickersham House Museum

Operated by the Tanana Yukon Historical Society

Cost:  FREE

Hours: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day

Originally situated on the corner of 1st Avenue and Noble Street. It was the first house in Fairbanks built with milled lumber and a white picket fence. The lot was purchased in April, 1904 by Judge James Wickersham for $175. He built the house himself that same spring, hauling the lumber down the street on his back. The house was moved to A-67 in 1967, partially restored by the City of Fairbanks in 1977, and placed on the Historic National Register in April, 1979. 

2016 Wickersham

The Tanana Yukon Historical Society collects and shares State and local historical knowledge through public lectures and events; historical preservation and cultural resource management projects; historical grant writing and administration; and operation of the Wickersham House Museum.

Please visit our website or Facebook page for more information about the Tanana Yukon Historical Society