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    I visited the Ice Museum in Fairbanks, AK in June, 2013 and was incredibly impressed. I’m guessing many tourists, like myself, seek out places to visit when the weather is comfortable. Hence, the only chance I had to see several ice sculptures (up-close and personal) was to visit an ice museum. I’m guessing there are not many ice sculpting museums in the world and visiting the one in Fairbanks (where I was visiting) was a no-brainer.The cost to get in was quite reasonable for the area and the ticket salesman was delightfully knowledgeable and passionate about his job, the museum, and Fairbanks! He made sure he asked everyone where they hailed from and through this, I ran into another visiting gentleman who lived in my city and had taught at the same school I had before he retired.The Chinese ice sculptor also did a wonderful job. I particularly liked the ice house where folks can go inside and get a picture of themselves sitting in the ice house at an ice table. Of course, it’s really COLD in there but felt great since the outdoor temperature was unseasonably hot.Lastly, I also attended the evening Northern Lights show and was again impressed with the passion displayed by the actual photographer who had taken the pictures and put together the show. The incredible pictures were all synchronized with beautiful music which really brought out the overwhelming wonder of the Northern Lights.Just an FYI that this ice museum is very different from the ice museum located at Chena Hot Springs. The ice museum in Fairbanks is housed in an older building (old theatre), but does allow the visitor to sit in the auditorium without freezing. Except for the ice house and table, the visitor can look in at the ice sculptures/ice sculptor in comfort. I also liked the movie which explained the entire ice sculpting process.Additionally, the Fairbanks Ice Museum is an active sponsor of the world’s largest art sculpting competition called “The BP World Ice Art Championships” that is done OUTSIDE in Fairbanks every year during February-March. However, I have no desire to visit Fairbanks, AK in February to view these marvelous artistic pieces in person. I’ll gladly purchase a video or get some pictures.I recommend visiting both ice museums in the area to get a more thorough experience with the wonder of this type of art.The only disappointment was the fact that the Ice Museum does not sell souvenir embroidered patches or hat pins of the Museum for us avid patch collectors. I have a travel jacket and would have liked to have added this patch to my collection.

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    Waste of money.. Please! Please rethink about going here. It isnt anywhere close to ice sculpture Olympics. Theres maybe 15 or less ice sculptures pre-made. First you sit in a old theater that smells horrible and watch a mini documentary about ice sculpting. Then you get to look at the premade ice sculptures through glass and you get to see about 4-5 close up in a room that you get to go into. Then you go and watch the guy sculpt a little piece of ice measuring about a foot by a foot into a picture…nothing special. and thats all! Boring, waste, etc.. Go elsewhere.

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    My boyfriend is a pilot so I thought he would love it. Was I wrong.

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    This is as close as you get to the ice sculpture Olympics I have tons of photos just not sure how to upload them.

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