Alaska State Museum
Alaska State Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistoric SitesHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 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. There is a room with a climb-aboard replica of an early sailing ship and fun activities for all ages. Museum admission is $14 for adults 19 to 64, $13 for seniors 65 and older, and youth up to 18 years old are not charged admission.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • iowacityia
    2,128 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wednesday, May 17th visit.
    My wife and I visited around 11am. It was a nice walk from the cruise ship to the museum, and back. It was a beautiful day too. There was plenty to see. And quite interesting for us. Native Alaska, Russian Alaska, and American Alaska, were my favorites. There was some very cool artwork in the changing exhibits area. I found there was enough reading for my liking. Too much to read and I am off to the next exhibit. I really enjoyed this museum. And I would visit again. Senior rate was $13.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 3, 2023
  • BobN06
    Avondale, Pennsylvania631 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good introduction to the state
    Started our trip visiting Alaska in Juneau and went through this museum as part of our first day. Very nice overview of the state and its history. From native peoples to the arrival of Russians and then Americans, it nicely presents the story of how Alaska evolved on its way to statehood and how it has developed its economy.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Novaart
    Poulsbo, Washington479 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous museum
    We came in on a cruise ship and decided to spend a few hours at this museum. It was done so well and they have curated so many fabulous indigenous artifacts that we could have spent more time. It was such a great introduction to the history of this area and its people. We were also so impressed that we knew of a few of the collectors/donors. The photos that I took do not do it justice by any means, so you will have to see if for yourself.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 12, 2023
  • Robert D
    3,873 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent museum
    This museum is a must see in Juneau. There are permanent exhibits on Native Alaskan culture, Russian control, and Alaska as a U.S. territory and state. This year's temporary exhibit featured Native art installations. One of the rooms featured raincoats and parkas made from dried sea mammal's intestines. Since I had seen the permanent exhibits in previous visits, I spent nearly all of my time in the temporary exhibit. There is a lot to see here.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 24, 2023
  • RuthyGlasgow
    756 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really great museum and so interesting. Make a point of going.
    Fantastic, unexpected very interesting museum of the Alaskan history and heritage. So much information and exhibits of the indigenous people with the history of the Russians and other nationalities living in this part of the world. Great history of how the Americans bought it from the Russians, who actually never owned it?? Very thought provoking and so unfair to many. Well worth the visit, so glad we made an effort to find it and go see it.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 10, 2023
  • The Happy Traveler
    Chicago, Illinois2,492 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Museum tells the story of the area
    Alaska State Museum has a plethora of artifacts; animals, Tlingit people history, tools, trades, carvings etc… They laid this museum out very well and explained things simply with not too much reading. The artifacts are all in mint condition and have been well taken care of. Entry isn’t that much but you do need to allow enough time to take it all in. If you’re on a cruise make sure you go here first so you’re not rushing or miss this special place altogether.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 19, 2023
  • Travelinh
    Los Angeles, California1,027 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit when in Juneau
    This is a must visit museum when in Juneau! It’s filled with so much interesting artifacts about the history of Alaska with animals, people and resources. Its located in the state library and is about $12 to get in. It’s a smaller size museum so I’d say to reserve at least an hour to visit, 2 if you want to read more details. There is a gift shop with great trinkets.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 11, 2023
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Jeff P
Prescott, AZ340 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Thank you for your review! It sounds like you were able to spend ample time in the museum and read many of the labels, too. We hope you are able to visit again in the near future, as we do rotate some of our exhibits regularly. The labels in our galleries are the product of great statewide efforts. Our curators reached out to experts around Alaska and collaborated on what information to present in our galleries--from maritime history to Gold Rush to Indigenous cultures. For example, most of the label copies you see in the Alaska Native galleries were written by Native curators about their own cultures. In our newer facility (opened in 2016) we are excited to have our exhibits created by Alaskans for Alaskans.
Written July 29, 2021
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JohnP13147
Port Charlotte, FL350 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Jason C
Littleton, New Hampshire170 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
A great museum that takes you through the history of AK including natives and the claim by Russia through the sale to the US. The role of AK in history is explained from early people crossing the Straight and settling here, explorers visiting, early tribes, the fishing industry, the gold rush, and the role AK played in WWII. I felt the layout was challenging to follow, but overall, it was a great museum with lots of information (maybe too much to digest all in one trip). I think we spent just over 2 hours there and I could have easily spent 4+ hours there taking it all in. $15 admission fee was well worth the education of AK.
Written October 10, 2022
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wishesUT
West Jordan, UT182 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Thank you for your review! I'm glad you and your family were able to learn from our exhibits. Between Russian Alaska and American Alaska is a section called "Resilience" which discusses the response from Alaska Native peoples to colonization. This section also highlights the Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945, an incredible piece of history. I hope you are able to visit us again in the future.
Written August 6, 2021
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York3,873 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
The museum is a short walk from downtown and is divided into three sections: Native Alaska, Russian Alaska, and American Alaska. The Native Alaska section has a lot of interesting exhibits on the different first people cultures that inhabit the state. The Russian Alaksa section is much smaller. The American Alaska section takes the story into the present day. There is also a space for temporary exhibits. I saw "Mug Up", an interesting exhibit about the Salmon Canneries. On Mondays, the museum is open in the afternoon only. I arrived at opening time and was there until the museum closed three and a half hours later.
Written July 30, 2022
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Charrissa L
New Haven, CT18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We spent a few hours here one morning - it has a ton of information about the native tribes that inhabit(ed) Alaska and also traces Alaskan history. It was more information than I could absorb in a visit (I'm not a huge museum go-er, so I typically last about 1.5 hours in a museum). Well worth the visit
Written August 14, 2022
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Colin D
71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
I visited this museum during a cruise stop in Juneau. It has a wonderful detailed exhibit on the history of Alaska starting with the history of the native tribes, Russian colonization and the acquisition by the US. It is well set out, clear and engaging. As good as any top museum anywhere in the world and probably the only one devoted to The history of Alaska! Kids might find it hard to focus all the way through, but they are free so you can bring them and not feel bad if they just dabble. It’s just 10 minutes to walk from Downtown to this museum and was well worth it.
Written June 3, 2022
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Tom S
Ypsilanti, MI185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
My wife and I spent a half-day enjoying the very nice museum. We were especially impressed by the square footage and obvious care dedicated to native Alaskans, their history and culture. Stories presented also included the Russian era, US acquisition and territory status, mining, WWII, statehood, oil, canneries, etc. The exhibits were uniformly professional in their quality.
Written August 2, 2022
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Ee_tani
Helsinki, Finland6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
A nice and well-displayed museum about Alaska's recent and not-so-recent history. A fairly large portion of the floorspace was allocated to the cannery operations which we found a little boring (as opposed to the native and WWII displays) but respect the significance of its influence to the growth of the city. Would not travel to Juneau just for this but while there a worthwhile visit.
Written May 30, 2022
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jclin10
New York City, NY129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We came here because it was raining, and our Juneau sightseeing options were limited — little did we know that we would love this museum. We were not sorry one bit for coming here, and, if anything, we are thankful that it did happen to rain, so that we came here at all. The museum is chock full of wonderful and wonderfully curated exhibits that trace the history of Alaska, its people and its wildlife. They have many real artifacts, as well as smartly done multimedia bits, including an online “mission” that takes you through the museum and is perfect for children. We came here at the end of our stay in Alaska, and it was the perfect capstone to our trip.
Written September 18, 2022
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