Alaska State Museum
The Alaska State Museum has been the official repository of Alaska's history since 1900. It is home to more than 38,000 artifacts, works of fine art and natural history and features both permanent and temporary exhibitions. The Museum dedicates more than half of its exhibition space to permanent displays ranging from a life-sized eagle nesting tree located in a Southeast Alaska rainforest setting to a scaled-down replica of the stern of Capt. George Vancouver's ship, "Discovery," dry-docked in the Museum's children's room. Among its most popular exhibits are clothing, weapons, tools and ceremonial objects from the distinct Alaska Native populations as well as icons and other memorabilia from Russian-American days. Volunteers offer tours of the Museum during the summer and by special arrangement. The Museum is located in downtown Juneau within walking distance of the cruise ship terminals, at 395 Whittier Street. Summer hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. seven days a week. Fall, winter and spring hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. General admission is $12 during the summer season, $5 in winter, with annual passes that allow unlimited visits available for $25. For more information on the museum and it's current exhibitions visit the Alaska State Museum website at www.museums.alaska.gov.