Carrie M. McLain Museum

Carrie M. McLain was an American writer who arrived in Nome in 1905. She gathered plenty of things related to a rich collection of oral histories, ivory artwork, and historical photos from Nome and the Seward Peninsula. The Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum is located at Avenue, Nome, AK inside the Richard Foster Building. It is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing the culture, history, and artistry of Nome and Bering Strait. The environmentally-controlled Carrie M. McLain Museum comprises various areas namely storage area, conservation area, object preparation lab, research room, and two exhibit galleries. The area covered by the museum is almost 3,200 square feet.


Main Gallery

It features the long-term exhibition Nome which is a hub of all Cultures and Communities across the Bering Strait. For the past 50 years, it has collected numerous collections for the exhibition. Here you will find the photographs, artifacts, archives, and stories related to historical and cultural objects from the Bering Strait. In the exhibition, the main focus is on five main themes that are related to the arctic concerns such as subsistence and environment mining, the built landscape, transportation, and sustainability. Visitors can see a series of vibrant sites such as a miner’s tent and gold dredge.

Interactive exhibits

It features the natural landscape, donating a format to all the visible features. There is a display of the collection of ivory artwork and histories that personally connect the Nome and surrounding regions. All the collection can bring the memories and treasures back in front of you. History can be easily imagined to see these collections.



Alaska Native artwork

There is a special exhibit gallery that highlights the artwork from Alaska. The Alaska Native artwork pictures the visitors to discover the lifestyle and art of the Bering Strait people. In addition to this, the artwork includes sealskin sleepers, Alaska art, ivory, jade, soapstone carvings, and more to witness. The Richard Foster Building also houses the Kegoayah Kozga Library and Kawerak’s Katirvik Cultural Center that are worth visiting if you are there.



  • It was opened in 1967 on Front Street.
  • Earlier it was known as the Nome Museum.



Enter the town of Nome from its tent city that serves as a regional city from history to the present. Step inside a miner’s tent and listen to audio recordings in the Nome’s old telephone booths.


What to Expect

The museum has a great collection of photographs and artifacts that you can witness all around. A museum visit is all about the journey of Nome as a regional city of the whole area.

Plan your visit

It is open from 12 pm to 6 pm every day except Sunday. For entrance in the museum, you need to pay $4 as an Adult and $3 for youth and elders. You can come here with family and friends and enjoy yourself a lot while getting the history information of this place.

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