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Juneau-Douglas City Museum

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Address: 114 W 4th St., Juneau, AK 99801
Phone Number: +1 907-586-3572
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Open to the public year round, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum features...
Open to the public year round, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum features exhibits relating to local history, art and culture including a 500-700 year old basketry-style fish trap, a topographical map of Juneau, a hands-on drilling and mining room, exhibits looking in depth at Alaska’s capital city, displays of art by local artists and the 26-minute video, "Juneau: City Built on Gold". In addition to its exhibits, the City Museum offers community programming throughout the fall and winter including classes and workshops, lectures, educational tours and is open late every first Friday of the month. With its award-winning online archive "Digital Bob", "Historic Sites & Structures ", and access to the entire collection via their website, the Museum is a resource for local history research and historic preservation. The Museum Shop features local arts and crafts, books by local writers, trail guides and old fashioned toys. May through September the Museum offers historic downtown walking tours at 1:30 pm every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Located in the heart of Juneau’s historic downtown district, the Museum is easily accessible by foot or via the free City Bus downtown loop, which originates near the City Dock, by the parking garage.
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great museum

Very nice city museum. State museum is under construction, all they had was some steel girders. The city museum is just that. If you like museums, make a point to see this one.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
Steve P
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Illinois
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Juneau, Alaska
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

The exhibits were not extensive and had nothing to do with local history. This was a waste of time. the Last Chance Mining Museum is a much better place to spend time.

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JDCMStaff, Public Relations Manager at Juneau-Douglas City Museum, responded to this review

Dear Visitor, I am sorry to learn that you felt your visit to the Museum was a waste of your time. Certainly we are not all things for all people and it seems you had better success at the Last Chance Mining Museum which, I agree, is a gem. However I am confused about your statement that our exhibits had... More 

Mesa, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

This was fun to see. I would like to move to Juneau,Alaska. This is a lay back and take it easy way of life. this is the way to live.

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Illinois
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Very nice city museum. State museum is under construction, all they had was some steel girders. The city museum is just that. If you like museums, make a point to see this one.

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JDCMStaff, Public Relations Manager at Juneau-Douglas City Museum, responded to this review

Dear Steve, Thanks for visiting and for your words of appreciation. As you remarked, the Alaska State Museum is currently undergoing a major rebuild and will open by the summer of 2016 as the State Libraries Archives and Museum. We are all excited about this significant upgrade to this state institution. However, as you also mentioned, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum... More 

Juneau, Alaska
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This is a sweet little museum that gives you a nice overview of Juneau's history. There is a children's area that depicts school life with costumes for kids to role play. Info about mining days and general info about the capital city.

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Salinas, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

My great nephew (aged 3) had as much fun as I did. Fun items in gift shop, Lots of kid interactive stuff, art gallery.

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Tampa, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Juneau was a stop on our cruise vacation and I had already done quite a bit of research for things to do in this town. This museum was pretty far up there, because I had read (elsewhere) that they had one of the stamps used to crush ore to get the metals (gold) out. These stamps are HUGE and I... More 

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JDCMStaff, Public Relations Manager at Juneau-Douglas City Museum, responded to this review

Dear Visitor, I am sorry you were disappointed with your visit and yes, you are correct that a full-scale stamp mill is to be found across the channel in Douglas, at the entrance to the Treadwell Mine Historic Trail, about a 15 minute bus or car ride away from the Museum. A guide to this trail can be purchased in... More 

Anchorage
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

very interesting exhibition about the Japanese interment and world war two battles at the Alutian Islands and about the gold mining in the area.

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Arizona
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79 reviews 79 reviews
22 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This city museum was well laid out and illuminated, but I expected more with the $6 ($5 for seniors) admission price. The history exhibits were well done and informative, especially covering the forced removal and resettlement of the Japanese from 1941-51. This is a good first place to visit when in Juneau rain or shine, especially with the State Museum... More 

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mpls,mn
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Excellent exhibits, interesting film of Juneau's history; pleasant & helpful staff. With State museum closed, don't have any comparison, but this is certainly worth a visit.

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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234 reviews 234 reviews
68 attraction reviews
384 helpful votes 384 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 via mobile

Visited on a rainy August morning since the Alaska State Museum is temporarily closed. This museum is quite small and maybe not quite worth the full-price adult admission ($6). There was, however, a fun and interactive mining activity for kids. The gift shop was small and contained a few Alaskan made items, but not the kind of arts/crafts I expected... More 

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