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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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10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 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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Across the street from the Alaskan State Capitol is the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The exhibits are informative, well-constructed, and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Huntsville, Alabama
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Huntsville, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Across the street from the Alaskan State Capitol is the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The exhibits are informative, well-constructed, and nicely exhibited.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Perfect stop on that rainy Juneau day. They have an excellent movie on the history of Juneau. That alone was worth the modest admission charge. The displays were interesting and well organized. Lots of information on the gold mining heritage of this city. Docent was well informed and willing to answer questions.

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Richland, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Great historical presentation and short movie. We learned a lot at this museum and it is small enough that you don't have to spend all day. Enjoyable.

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Juneau, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Front desk staff are eager to help you understand Juneau's history, with its foundation on mining gold from the local goldbelt, to the history of Juneau as a capital city in a frontier state.

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

Dear Humble Traveler, I am so happy to see kudos for our terrific front desk staff! Thank you for taking the time to write and share your appreciation. Did you know that they are all volunteers, who love Juneau and its history and really enjoy sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm with visitors? The paid staff at the Museum could not... More 

Fairbanks, Alaska
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I wouldn't recommend this if you only have a few hours I town, but we were there 5 days. I love learning the history of the area so this was perfect. We had our 4 kids with us & they enjoyed it as well! They had a kids activity sheet. Kids were free. Adults $6 each. It'd be great if... More 

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Pittsburgh
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

This is a nice little museum to visit on a rainy day. It has some exhibits and has a film about Juneau,s history and of course a nice little gift shop. There's a nominal fee.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Small museum with local history information. Our time there was approximately 25 minutes so we felt it was overpriced for the experience. Just chalked it up to supporting the preservation of local history.

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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 your limited time made your visit to the Museum feel overpriced, but thank you for your positive attitude about supporting the preservation of Juneau-Douglas history! When people ask, I usually recommend at least an hour for a visit. Even though we are small, there is quite a bit to see, read and... More 

San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Admission is $6 and I'd gladly pay that for the quality of info. Reasonable movie, good book store for reading

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Warren, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Great museum, which we visited because the state museum is closed for a year. They have walking tours in the afternoon with a knowledgable local, which ends at a neat historic B and B for tea and snacks. We really enjoyed the tour as well as the displays in the museum.

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

Dear Sylvia, Thank you for taking the time to share your appreciation of the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. I am particularly pleased to hear that you enjoyed taking the Historic Downtown Walking Tour and found it worth your while. We are proud of the fact that our tours are led by local folks, who have a passion for the history of... More 

Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The front desk is a plethora of information on the cities and the video gives a great overview of the history. It's a small one floor museum with interactive exhibits and a 500 yr old fishing trap among other gems from the area, and has a rotating exhibit that happened to be about local photographers when we visited.

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