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Juneau-Douglas City Museum

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Address: 114 W 4th St, Juneau, AK 99801-1758
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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A small, quiet gem

At the end of a busy day sightseeing in Juneau, I decided to stop in at this little museum while my wife was gift shopping. The man at the desk who greeted me was very friendly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Oneonta, New York
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Meridian, Idaho
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

After being let down by finding the State Capitol under renovation, we found the City Museum just a block away. It was well worth half an hour. The information on mining in the area was interesting and well presented. Staff was particularly helpful in finding other things to do in town.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great collection of into. Affordable. Very pleasant volunteer staff too! Lots and lots of history on display.

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Oneonta, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

At the end of a busy day sightseeing in Juneau, I decided to stop in at this little museum while my wife was gift shopping. The man at the desk who greeted me was very friendly and informative. The museum is small, but the displays are excellent. I left the museum much better informed about Juneau and its people, especially... More 

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Lewisberry, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Decided to go here after spying it when we went to see the Capitol building that was under renovations. I loved seeing the information about the natives and also the information on the Treadwell Mine.

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Thank msfigment
JDCMStaff, Manager at Juneau-Douglas City Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to stop in to the city museum, each year through seasonal and permanent exhibits we try to share the art and character of the community of Juneau, the capitol of Alaska. Happy travels. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum focuses on relatively recent history of the Juneau and Douglas area. Since they were established as the result of gold mining, there is a focus on mines and geology. Dont miss this.

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Apex, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is quite small but does a thorough job in telling the history of juneau from it's mining days to the government center it is today. Don't forget to visit the Rest Rooms which have walls covered with political cartoons mounted as art. A movie continuously plays every 30 minutes tying it all together. This is a worthwhile stop... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place to visit to learn about the history of the area. A lot of exhibits and a nice little gift shop. If you are waling it is a climb from the wharf area. but there is nice scenery along the way.

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Thank sskroll
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

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

Thank you for mentioning our walking tour and our guide Joel. We pride ourselves on recruiting locals who have knowledge, personality, and a love of Juneau history. Joel is one of our favorites and he isn't always available, so we are happy that you were able to spend time with him. More 

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

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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Fountain Valley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

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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