Aurora Ice Museum

ice-sculpture-637015_1280The Aurora Ice Museum is the largest year-round ice environment in the whole world, making it another essential winter wonderland tour stop for your group! This museum is made from over 1,000 tons of ice and snow harvested from and around the local Chena Hot Springs Resort. Beginning humbly in 2005, this unique art gallery features heavily the work of Steve Brice, a 16 time Ice World Championship winner as well as his wife, a seven time Championship winner. Inside, a chilly 25 degree climate will greet you, maintained by a large and highly innovative absorption chiller, the first of its kind in the whole world meant for this purpose.

Within the Aurora Ice Museum you will find a two-story observation tower complete with a circular staircase, as well as many winter themed rooms such as the polar bear bedroom, Christmas tree bedroom, two-story children’s fort-themed bedroom, Northern Lights room, and an ice outhouse made from the clearest Alaska Diamond Ice. Be sure to check out the main gallery’s ever-changing colored ice crystal chandeliers, made to recreate the natural wonder of the Aurora Borealis and its lighting effects on the landscape. Your group will have the chance to take a two hour ice carving class or head over to the popular Ice Bar. Sitting on the caribou fur covered stools by the unique ice fireplace will provide your group a cozy rest area while they take in the marvel that is the Aurora Ice Museum.