Musk Ox Farm Palmer
Where is it at?
Musk Ox Farm
12850 E. Archie Road
Tel: 907 745-4151
Where are we going today?
The musk ox is one of the Arctic's oldest living species, and probably and animal you have never encountered before. Time to change that! Musk Ox Farm is a non-profit farm which is dedicated to the domestication of the musk ox.
Did you know that the musk ox was also an ice age mammal, that was roaming the earth at a time when the woolly mammoths and saber tooth tigers once called this planet home too? That's a pretty impressive feat! The Alaskan natives call these creatures "Oomingmak" which means "bearded one" - and when you see them, you will know why!
Musk Ox Farm love having visitors who want to get an up close experience with these magnificent creatures. They offer guided tours, along with fascinating exhibits so you can really learn all about these sweet animals.
The farm is from the 1930's, so you will get to experience them in that little bit of history too! The farm actually started back in the 40s and 50s when the musk ox were close to extinction, and the farm was part of a project to bring the numbers back up - and they have! A pretty amazing accomplishment!
Nestled in the Matanuska Valley, Musk Ox Farm has 84 animals for the family to experience. It really is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that the whole family will learn from, and also never forget.
Make sure you remember your cameras, because there will be a lot of moments that you will want to be capturing - have an amazing time!
How much does it cost?
- AdultsCheck back in summer, or call
- ChildrenCheck back in summer, or call
When can we go?
By appointment only in winter. Check back in summer for hours.
All year round.
There are fun activities on the webpage perfect for kids. .
Any Top Tips?
Make sure you make a reservation in advance for their winter months. In summer they will release the times and prices of the tours. .
Doing our bit
The farm have done wonders for the musk ox. They were involved in the original project to increase the numbers of the ox, and they have really worked hard to look after these creatures, to give them a boost and a chance. .
Need a little extra help?
Give them a call to discuss any mobility restrictions that you may have. They will be happy to try and accommodate and advise. .
Can I get one of those?
The wool from the musk ox is called Qiviut, and they have a store where you can buy all sorts of qiviut products - you will need them in the Alaskan winters! .
If you really fall in love with the animals and want to donate to help the farm, you certainly can - and they will be super grateful!.
What people are saying?
by Nance Anders
We came to Alaska to visit our son & his wife in Palmer. Erin Anders has volunteered at the farm so she signed us all up as runners or volunteers for the annual "Running with the Bulls" in August. It truly was the highlight of our trip to Alaska. What a beautiful setting for these hairy, prehistoric looking animals! We had a delightful day and also had a once in a lifetime experience. Would definitely plan another trip up in August to do it next year! Try it!
by MLRE Johnston
I thought the price was high, but after caving at the pleading of my 6 year old, I was happy we took the tour. It was informative beyond my expectations! Who knew! I recommend it to families with visitors and as a fun afternoon.
by bill lowe
Bills country antiques
by A Google User
Great summer tourist attraction gift shop could carry more
locally Alaskan Made gifts...... and prices could be better
with the slo economy.......