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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, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum features...

Open to the public year round, 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, and Thursday. Located in the heart of Juneau’s historic downtown district, the Museum is easily accessible by foot or via the free City Bus downtown loop, which originates near the City Dock, by the parking garage.

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Nice short visit - very friendly staff

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Moscow, Russia
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Moscow, Russia
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Stotfold, United Kingdom
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392 reviews
137 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
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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Thank Chris F
Jackson, New Jersey
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

The City Museum is small, but has many interesting exhibits. The person who sells the tickets was very helpful in answering questions. It's right across the street from the State Capital which, by the way, is closed for renovations.

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Thank TheTravelinMan1944
Sydney, Australia
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

The Juneau city museum has displays of gold mining days, native artefacts, city history and outlines a number of attempts to move the Alaskan capital from Juneau.

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Thank Aussietravelfan
Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

This museum was a gem. It's small but they managed to cram a lot into such a little space. They had some great interactive exhibits which would be great for children and the video was very good. We combined our museum visit with a walking tour. Our guide (I wish I could remember his name - Josh maybe?) was entertaining,... More 

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Thank gkg28
JDCMStaff, Public Relations Manager at Juneau-Douglas City Museum, responded to this review

Dear Reviewer, Thank you for sharing your delight over your visit to our little "gem" of a Museum. And good for you to be intrepid enough to go walking with Joel on what seems to have been one of our authentic September days - rainy! It is all about having the right gear here in Juneau, so as not to... More 

Huntsville, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 via mobile

Across the street from the Alaskan State Capitol is the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The exhibits are informative, well-constructed, and nicely exhibited.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015 via mobile

Perfect stop on that rainy Juneau day. They have an excellent movie on the history of Juneau. That alone was worth the modest admission charge. The displays were interesting and well organized. Lots of information on the gold mining heritage of this city. Docent was well informed and willing to answer questions.

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Thank Coteau48
Richland, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Great historical presentation and short movie. We learned a lot at this museum and it is small enough that you don't have to spend all day. Enjoyable.

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Thank leawatkins
Juneau, Alaska
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Front desk staff are eager to help you understand Juneau's history, with its foundation on mining gold from the local goldbelt, to the history of Juneau as a capital city in a frontier state.

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

Dear Humble Traveler, I am so happy to see kudos for our terrific front desk staff! Thank you for taking the time to write and share your appreciation. Did you know that they are all volunteers, who love Juneau and its history and really enjoy sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm with visitors? The paid staff at the Museum could not... More 

Fairbanks, Alaska
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 via mobile

I wouldn't recommend this if you only have a few hours I town, but we were there 5 days. I love learning the history of the area so this was perfect. We had our 4 kids with us & they enjoyed it as well! They had a kids activity sheet. Kids were free. Adults $6 each. It'd be great if... More 

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