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“A Quaint Little museum with a different take on history”

Juneau-Douglas City Museum
Ranked #28 of 84 things to do in Juneau
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Open to the public year round. Summer (May-September) hours are Monday-Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-4:30pm. Winter hours (October-April) are Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm. 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. The City Museum is located 2 blocks from the 4th Street stop on the FREE City Bus downtown loop, which originates near the City Dock by the parking garage and Public Library.
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Houston, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A Quaint Little museum with a different take on history”
Reviewed May 31, 2013

The City Museum is a tiny little place located next door to the State Capitol Building. The staff is very cordial and ready with suggestions about places to see in Juneau. The museum doesn't take long to see, as it is only a few rooms on a single level, but it presents a different view of Alaska's history. You get a real feel for the political games surrounding statehood and the location of the state capitol. For a brief time, Alaska's capitol was located in a tent out in middle of the forest! Just one of the tricks that people pulled during the rather heated discussions related to statehood. Take an hour and see the museum. It's a nice, local feature that tour guides ignore.

Visited May 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
248 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
“Enjoyed the mining exhibits!”
Reviewed May 20, 2013

We decided to visit the museum after getting off our cruise ship. The $5 entry fee was reasonable. Staff was helpful and friendly. We really enjoyed all the exhibits. I appreciated they had an area to hang my coat.

Visited May 2013
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Bethel, Alaska
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Lots of History”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

I stopped by about an hour before they closed for the day. It was enought ime to quickly scan through. But it deserves another visit with a longer visit time. They do have regularly scheduled videos and an interactive museum portion. Very friendly customer service.

Visited February 2013
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Juneau, Alaska
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Juneau Douglas Museum”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

Small museum with local artifacts, walking guides and trail guides can be purchased, docents give you any info you want, hands on displays, call to check which days are free

Visited August 2012
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Greenbank, Washington
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96 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“A MUST SEE museum !!”
Reviewed September 22, 2012

This museum is superb !
The exhibits were fascinating & the video about Juneau was fantastic !
We highly recommend going there !

Visited September 2012
Thank wayne963
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