Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum

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The Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing the culture, history, and artistry of Nome and the Bering Strait.

For almost 50 years the Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum perched a few yards from the icy coast of Norton Sound on historic Front Street in Nome, Alaska.  In 1967 the State of Alaska funded construction of the Nome Museum as part of a statewide effort to gather and preserve Alaska history and culture and celebrate the centennial purchase of Alaska from Russia.          

Caroline “Carrie” Mary Stipek (1895 – 1973) arrived in Nome on the fringe of the gold rush in 1905.  Following high school, Carrie worked as a teacher in Teller where she met and married Arthur T. McLain.  After returning to Nome, Carrie raised a family of four children, served as the Nome City Clerk for fourteen years and wrote two books about life on the Seward Peninsula. During the 1950s, Carrie traveled around the region collecting and sharing oral histories, photographs, and artifacts.

In 1973 the Nome City Council renamed the Museum in recognition of Carrie M. McLain’s valuable efforts to record and preserve Nome history.

Carrie M. McLain’s founding collection of artifacts, letters, and photographs has continued to encourage donations from people looking to return their treasures and memories to Nome.  The museum collection now includes over 15,000 historical and cultural objects, 12,000 photographic prints and negatives, and hundreds of priceless historical records.  

The Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum is located at 100 W 7th Avenue, Nome, AK in the Richard Foster Building.

Hours:  Monday-Thursday, 12pm-7pm; Friday-Saturday, 12pm-6pm

Admission:  $7 Adults, $6 Youth and Elders, Free First Fridays of the Month and Members

Contact Us

Amy Chan,
Museum Director

100 W 7th Ave
Nome, AK 99762
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  • Phone: (907) 443-6630
  • Fax: (907) 443-7955
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  • Office Hours:
    Monday-Thursday: 12pm-7pm Friday-Saturday: 12pm-6pm

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