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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
Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Open to the public year round. Beginning May 2-September 24, Monday-Friday...

Open to the public year round. Beginning May 2-September 24, Monday-Friday 9-6pm and Saturdays 10:00-4:30pm. 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, Thursday and Saturday. Located in the heart of Juneau's historic downtown district, the Museum is easily accessible by foot. **Please note that Summer 2016, the free City Bus downtown loop, which originates near the City Dock by the parking garage, will not be available due to construction at the Capitol.

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Great History Lesson of Juneau-Douglas Area

A short film starts showing the beginning of the area and there are then several rooms with displays and artifacts of the time. Enjoyed learning the history of the area.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
BruceJ32406
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Fountain Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have an opportunity to take the walking tour on Wednesday at 1:00, don't miss it.Our guide Joel was very knowledgeable about the city's history regarding mining, fishing, timbering, architecture, politics, and citizens, including one notable, Robert Straud. On top of that, Joel told his stories with much humor and enthusiasm. He's a real character. After the walk, we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came here to kill some time, so glad we did. We had visited the new State Museum and were underwhelmed. The City museum goes into much more detail about the items on exhibit. I especially enjoyed the mining section, we had just returned from walking on the treadmill trail in Douglas , this museum explained so much of what... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A short film starts showing the beginning of the area and there are then several rooms with displays and artifacts of the time. Enjoyed learning the history of the area.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A short walk from the boat...it is small but very interesting overview out the mining in Juneau. I believe the cost was $10pp. We had some time to kill.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Good video, kid's section, and political display. Only takes an hour, and some good political cartoons in the bathroom!

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Thank 497kenethb
Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

Popped into this museum, in downtown Juneau, on a whim. Sure glad we did. Great displays highlighting the gold rush and mining history of the area, evolution of the town, development of the Alaskan capitol, and a good film illustrating some of the most important history here. Lots of interactive exhibits if you have kids. Very helpful staff. One not-to-miss... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

Small museum. We were there for an hour and were able to see the displays and watch the 25 minute film.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

We visited this museum in early May when we were on a cruise to Alaska. we had wanted to visited the State Museum which was closed for renovations, so we walked a few more blocks to this museum. The staff are friendly and the displays are informative and artifacts well displayed.There was a small admission charge and it was well... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

Amazing little museum, great to stop by to learn about the area and history. Don't skip the 20 min movie about the area, it is well made and very interesting. They also have funny comics on the bathroom walls. They also offer local artists to show their art work so when we were there there was pottery, which you can... More 

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

Dear Visitor, Thank you for your enthusiastic review of our "little gem" of a museum, and for the kudos to our reception desk volunteers who, as you say, are wonderful people eager to share their love and knowledge of Juneau with visitors to our city. Since you mention local artists, this summer we are hosting an exhibit of a very... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

We decided to have a brisk walk around Juneau and came across this museum. What a great find! A very diverse set of exhibits but with a great insight into the gold mining history of the area. It's worth taking time to read the narratives on the exhibits and the historic notes on some of the characters. We were also... More 

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