The Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving and showcasing the Nome Gold Rush, Bering Strait Eskimo, aviation as well as contemporary history and culture associated with Nome, Alaska and the Bering Strait region of Western Alaska.

The Museum exists to promote and provide education and research to everyone from elementary school children to international visitors and researchers.

The Museum owns an extensive historical photograph collection with over 14,000 images that are available to purchase for publication or personal use.