Museum of the North in potential danger of budget cuts

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska The proposed budget cuts from governor Dunleavy have been affecting organizations all over Alaska. The University of Alaska Museum of the North is one such organization in danger.

The director of the University of Alaska Museum of the North, Dr. Pat Druckenmiller, was there to comment on just how much the museum would be affected by these budget cuts. (Carly Sjordal/KTVF)

The director of the UA Museum of the North, Dr. Pat Druckenmiller, was there to comment on just how much the museum would be affected by these budget cuts.

According to the director, “Even in optimistic scenarios, it looks like the cuts are going to have a very profound impacts across campus and here at the museum.”

He also discussed that if they were to receive such cuts that they have a two-step plan of priorities in action. The plan being, to keep their doors open and continue running as one of Fairbanks’s major tourist attractions, and that that money gets invested into the research and collections area so that they can continue to research, restore and preserve artifacts

According to the director the collections has over 2 million specimens and artifacts in its care and that this museum represents not only just UAF but the entire University system in Alaska.

“We are the only entity at the state of Alaska that does what we do so it’s very critical that we remain open, and maintaining essential functions. Having said that, the projected impacts will make doing that, very difficult. And therein lies the rub, we’re not sure how impactful that will be but we have a very strong obligation to protect these collections. In perpetuity we intend to do that. It’s going to be a lot tougher to do that” Said Druckenmiller.

At the current time, there is no estimate of what exactly will be cut from the Museum of the North.