Alaska State Museum

Alaska State Museum, Juneau: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Alaska State Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Alaska State Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Alaska State Museum is located at the Fr. Andrew P. Kashevaroff (APK) building in downtown Juneau. Visit us for a uniquely comprehensive view of Alaska’s history and diverse cultures including fine art, mining, fishing, forestry, tourism, Russia-America, and World War II. The Science on a Sphere TM theater cycles through a variety of geographical programs. There is a discovery room with a climb-aboard replica of an early sailing ship and fun activities for all ages. Besides the regularly changing temporary and virtual exhibits, the special 2021 show is "SWAY” on Northern Northwest Coast Weaving. Museum admission $14 summer; $9 winter. Youth free.
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wishesUT
West Jordan, UT187 contributions
A wonderful learning experience for my family.
Jun 2021
This is a beautiful, well kept museum. We were able to learn a lot about the history of Alaska, including a lot of information and displays about the indigenous people of the area. There are many items on display that help you learn about indigenous cultures. We especially enjoyed the special exhibit on the robes which were stunning. Before visiting the museum I didn't know that Alaska had been attacked during World War II, and of course the treatment of the indigenous people during that time and throughout Alaska's history has been shameful. It's hard to learn about, but necessary that we do.
Written July 26, 2021
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Excursion304446
21 contributions
Do not miss
Jul 2021
Don’t miss this well-designed museum! Displays on the indigenous culture and the history of Alaska are excellent. It is not that large a museum, and an hour is more than enough. Photos are allowed and there are free lockers available.

Right now (mid-July), guests have to mask up in public buildings, so be prepared.

Written July 23, 2021
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Jeff P
Prescott, AZ336 contributions
Pleasant Stories
Jul 2021
Everything about the native peoples seemed hyped. One displayed repeatedly stated their understanding of their history was accurate. That is actually condescending since that effectively states only the museum curators really know and can judge these peoples. And they further state the native peoples had excellent educational and healthcare systems. Like their history, this may well be true yet we are given no reference points because the curators' judgment is paramount. There is no celebration of what of what many of these tribes have become today and that their potential is realized in their present quality of life and successful enterprises. The facility is wonderful and every display attractively presented. Well worth seeing but with active discernment.
Written July 11, 2021
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Steve M
15 contributions
Wonderful museum
Jul 2021
One of the best smaller museums we've been to. Excellent displays with fascinating items. Very good introduction to Native Alaskan groups, as well as history of non-native arrival and influence. Well worth an hour or two, plus the price of admission. Convenient free parking in garage beneath building.
Written July 7, 2021
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Thank you for your review! I am glad you enjoyed your visit to the Museum and that you were able to spend ample time with our collection. We hope you are able to visit again, as we do have three changing exhibits spaces that are set to rotate in October of this year.
Written July 11, 2021
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JohnP13147
Port Charlotte, FL331 contributions
NOT OPEN
Jul 2021
The museum was advertised as being open Tues thru Sat, but we arrived on Tuesday only to find that they changed to Wed thru Saturday. The library was open so their answer was the Tues open meant the library. Disappointing!
Written July 3, 2021
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Thank you for your review, I am sorry you were unable to visit the Museum. We are located in a facility that houses the Alaska State Library, State Archives, State Museum, and a café. Each entity holds different hours and this can cause confusion. We update our hours on our website and other social platforms regularly. We hope you are able to visit our galleries in the future and that you can spend time with our extensive collection.
Written July 11, 2021
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Grand Master Luther
San Antonio, TX26 contributions
Another "must" in Juneau
Jul 2020
If you want to gain an appreciation for northwest native culture and Alaskan native culture in particular, this is a must visit. Very well documented displays with easy transitions through the topics. Masks are currently required. Need to confirm hours of operation in this pandemic.
Written July 23, 2020
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Thank you for your visit and response! We are glad that you came in and enjoyed our collection. We hope you can visit again in the future, as we are still adding objects to our displays in the galleries. Take care, ASM.
Written July 23, 2020
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oregonbeach
Keizer, OR370 contributions
Exxon Valdez, Russia, Native displays
Jun 2019 • Business
Great museum with a large variety of displays. There is of course, much about Alaskan history and the peoples in different points of time. There is info on the period when Russia owned Alaska, about 100 years, ending in 1867. An entire room tells the story of a grounded ship. Very sad. Modern exhibits, too. Worth it.
Written February 17, 2020
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Thank you for your review, we are glad you enjoyed your visit! It sounds like you spent time learning about the Russian occupation of Alaska and some of our maritime tragedies, such as the sinking of SS Princess Sophia in 1918. It is incredible to see how resilient the people of Alaska, throughout history and today, have endured all that they have. We hope you visit again soon!
Written February 19, 2020
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Zeituni
Jerusalem, Israel1,517 contributions
Comprehensive collection
Aug 2019
New beautiful building and big collection of artefacts. The primitive art of local tribes is impressive.
Written December 30, 2019
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ransom007
Anaheim, CA1,132 contributions
A fine museum about Alaska
Oct 2019
The museum has a free parking garage under the museum. The admission fee covers all exhibits. If you go on the first Friday of the month, admission is free. The museum is on the first floor. There is a library and archives on a higher floor. The exhibits give excellent coverage of the history, wildlife, and geology of Alaska. There is a gift shop.
Written November 6, 2019
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C&E
20 contributions
Make time for this GEM.
Jul 2019
So much to see here. Allow 2-3 hours. The museum hosted a Ray Troll exhibit, 'Crusin' the Fossil Highway', which was a delight. Several complete kayaks showing the different designs. Good balance of native and white influence and artifacts. Covered some atrocities inflicted by whites on the natives. A great intro to the state, "Alaska 101", for those from outside.
Written October 22, 2019
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