Housed in Historic City Hall, the Fairbanks Community Museum represents the preservation of the memories of our forefathers who fought trials and tribulations to found our great city. Commemorating and celebrating everything from the gold rush era to the great floods of of the 1960’s, the Fairbanks Community Museum houses the best collection of Fairbanks’ history.
Historic City Hall functioned as a city hall and fire station during WWII and the Cold War when Fairbanks experienced booms in population and construction. The new building anchored the city government downtown. Historic City Hall served its several functions until the 1967 Chena River Flood, when the community made a transition to 1960’s planning, urban renewal and modern architectural styles. A new fire and police station was constructed after the 1967 flood.
Historic City Hall continued to serve as the seat of city government until 1994, when the City Council voted to move city offices to Main School. Still owned by the City of Fairbanks, it has been operated by the Downtown Association of Fairbanks since 1996, and is now home to the Fairbanks Community Museum, the Yukon Quest Store and Family Centered Services. The building maintains its historic fabric and integrity. On May 30th 2002, Historic City Hall was recognized as being of historical and architectural significance and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.