Juneau-Douglas City Museum
A visit to The Juneau-Douglas City Museum will introduce you to the rich and diverse community of the greater Juneau-Douglas area through guided walking tours and exhibits focusing on local history, art and culture. Open year round, we offer permanent exhibits on fishing (including a 500-700 year old basketry-style fish trap), mining, skiing, Southeast Alaska Native history and lifestyles, politics and statehood. We also offer a variety of temporary exhibits throughout the year including shows by local artists and topical exhibits on local history and culture. Guided downtown Juneau walking tours are available June-September and can be booked by calling the City Museum at (907) 586-3572.
FREE Capitol Building Tours Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 1:30pm and 3:00pm.
Guided Historic Downtown Juneau Walking Tours (June-September)
- Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00am-11:30am.
- Tours may be arranged on a Wednesday or Thursday with a 7 day advanced notice.
- $30.00+tax ages 13 and older (12 and younger FREE). Price includes admission to the City Museum, 20% off select items in the Museum Store and teatime at the Capital Inn.
- Tours start at the City Museum and end with tea & cookies at the Capital Inn.
- To book a tour, confirm dates of tours, or for general information, call the City Museum at (907) 586-3572.
Hours (July-September 2021)
- Monday: 2-6pm
- Tuesday-Friday 9am-6pm
- Saturday-Sunday, 10am-4:30pm
Admission (May-September 2021)
- $6.00 General Admission
- $5.00 Seniors (65 and older)
- FREE ages 12 and younger
The City Museum store features items by local artists, books and trail guides by local authors, jewelry, Capitol souvenirs, postcards, and more.
Permanent Exhibit Highlights:
Hands On Mining Put on your hard hat and come explore Juneau's mining history and mining practices in our interactive Museum environment. Our hands-on mining gallery includes a variety of interactive exhibits including:
- Local rocks, minerals and ore.
- Illustrated books on local geology, mining history and the history of Tlingit use of rocks.
- An interactive cross-section of the Treadwell Mine cave-in of 1917.
- A working stamp mill replica and mill ball display.
- An interactive hydropower exhibit related to the Salmon Creek Dam.
In addition to the interactives, our hands-on mining room includes an Assay Lab Exhibit, a Hard Rock Mining Exhibit, a cross section of a hard rock mine, and digital historic mining photos. Children will enjoy trying on clothing, miner’s tags and hard hats while communicating through a mine phone.
Wood and Waterways, A look at Tlingit Canoes: This permanent exhibit invites visitors to learn about the construction, use, and maintenance of Tlingit canoes and paddles from pre-history to today. This interactive exhibit allows visitors to learn the steps involved in making a canoe and about types of paddles. A video from a 2014 canoe journey allows visitors to see a contemporary canoe being made and used for travel between Haines and Juneau.
Life on the Water: With no land roads connecting Juneau to other communities, this permanent exhibit celebrates Juneau’s unique maritime lifestyle. Flip-up portholes provide information about Tlingit Canoes, Early Exploration, Steamships, the three USS Juneau naval ships, Freight, Ferries, and Modern Cruise Ships. A “Shipwrecks of Northern Southeast Alaska” map is accompanied by information of seven steamship wrecks which occurred within the boundaries of the City and Borough of Juneau.
Juneau Businesses Exhibit: This exhibit offers a glimpse into the commercial history of Juneau through objects, including an “I Spy” interactive.