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Last Chance Mining Museum

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Address: 1001 Basin Rd, Juneau, AK 99801-1038
Phone Number: +19075865338
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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A collection of artifacts in a building original to the era that explores...

A collection of artifacts in a building original to the era that explores the history of the region's mining industry. Visit does not include entering a mine. Attraction open seasonally, mid-May to late Sept. on a split schedule: 9:30-12:30 and 3:30-6:30. Cash only.

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Learn about Juneau's mining history!

The proprietor here is extraordinary and opened up for us during their off hours. We were fortunate enough to arrive when a local was bringing visitors so she gave her a call and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Sharky90046
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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The proprietor here is extraordinary and opened up for us during their off hours. We were fortunate enough to arrive when a local was bringing visitors so she gave her a call and Voila! We were in. Everything was interesting and many things we learned here were explanatory for things we saw as our Alaska trip continued.

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High Springs, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the Last Chance Mining Museum on our last two visits to Juneau because of the beautiful setting and the extensive amount of artifacts. The caretaker was a wonderful source of information, as was the volunteer. Being greeted by Galena was an extra special treat! Be prepared to walk along a very steep incline to see the rail cars... More 

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Splendora, Texas
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not much history to see in my opinion. It is very steep for seniors to get to museum and pricey for what they offer to see.

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Thank c22hernandez
Naperville, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We walked here on a drizzly day and arrived, by luck, just in time for them to reopen (they close in the middle of the day). The volunteer was extremely nice to the children (ages 7 and 8) and they were fascinated. The museum itself is very picturesque. The walk there is through the hills above Juneau past beautiful gardens... More 

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Hackettstown, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

There is very little to see in the museum other than tools to sharpen a knife, a drill press, or a drill bit sharpener. It's a mile hike out of town and our feelings along with everyone else we met along the way was that the trip was a waste of valuable time in Juneau. You will learn more and... More 

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Thank jimr20162016
Juneau, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

The Last Chance Mining Museum is more than that - the museum is great, with lots of well-placed artifacts and a very knowledgeable staff. Check times if interested in the museum - it may be closed during the lunch hour. That said, you can take a nice walk from the parking lot at the end of Basin Road across the... More 

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Thank Sharon M
Hamilton, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

See a gold panning demo and then get down and dirty along the creek and try it yourself the way they did it during the Alaska goldrush. You use real tin pans and keep what you find - usually a few flakes of a gold substance (well, they SAID it was real)! There is walking involved and I don't recommend... More 

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AlaskaLaury, Public Relations Manager at Last Chance Mining Museum, responded to this review

Greetings! Please note that this review confuses a commercial tourist gold panning operation along the creek that runs below the museum with the museum itself. The museum is in a 105-year-old building up the hill from the panning. The museum does not include gold panning or a walk inside a mine. And, please remember, it's run by volunteers, is cash... More 

Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

I wasn't planning on visiting this museum. My family and I just came across it while on a hike from Juneau. A group of others was visiting as part of an excursion. They were accompanied by a guide in mining attire once they exited the tour bus and were gathered together for a short lecture. Then, they were walked over... More 

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Fountain Valley, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

This place is not the easiest to reach and not for wheel chairs as you have a long walk from the parking lot both up and down a trail before reaching the museum. I had assumed there was tour of the abandoned mine as in places I visited but there was no tour here. A large room with displays of... More 

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Thank BruceJ32406
Burnsville, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

Follow the narrow street/road to the top of Juneau. Start of perseverance trail.. Great small mine tour at the old compressor building, lots of carefully collected equipment, pictures and a fabulous keeper who will answer questions and is passionate about preserving this. Spend the 8$ for panning kit, go back to the river and try it. Same place tours are... More 

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