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!
The farm is just outside Palmer, which is a 50 minute drive from downtown Anchorage, at 12850 E Archie Road.Get directions
$5 (ages 5 to 17) tour
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.
Make sure you make a reservation in advance for their winter months. In summer they will release the times and prices of the tours.
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!
There are fun activities on the webpage perfect for kids.
Give them a call to discuss any mobility restrictions that you may have. They will be happy to try and accommodate and advise.
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!