Juneau-Douglas City Museum
Each new summer season, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum will introduce you to the rich and diverse community of the greater Juneau-Douglas area through exhibits focusing on its history, art and culture. We offer permanent exhibits on Alaska Native history and lifestyles; Juneau’s Changing Shoreline; fishing (including a 500-700 year old basketry-style fish trap); Politics, Personalities, and Power; and a hands-on mining room. We also show a 26-minute video on Juneau history, Juneau: City Built on Gold.
From May to September, we offer Historic Downtown Walking Tours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1:30pm. Join an enthusiastic local guide on a walk around Juneau's original town site and learn about some of the people and events that shaped our city. Tours last about 1 ½ hours and include Museum admission, 20% off in Museum Store, and teatime at Alaska’s Capital Inn.
During Summer 2018, the Museum also has the following special exhibits:
Oil Paintings by Dan Fruits: Sinking of the Sophia: Scenes from the Opera is a unique art exhibit featuring oil paintings by Dan Fruits which traces the story of the sinking of the SS Princess Sophia in 1918. The sinking of the SS Princess Sophia resulted in 350 lives lost and involved almost all of the city of Juneau in its aftermath. Fruit’s paintings will become the back drop for an opera commemorating the centennial of this disaster in October.
Wood and Waterways, A look at Tlingit Canoes: This new 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 new 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.
Our Museum Store features unique items by local artists, books and trail guides by local authors, toys and ephemera, prints, jewelry and cards.
- May - September: Weekdays 9am – 6pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10am-4:30pm
- October – April: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm
Admission Fees (May-September):
- $6.00 General Admission (13 and older)
- $5.00 Senior Admission (65 and older)
- FREE 12 and younger
- Friend’s members at the Family level receive free admission for themselves and a guest and a 20% discount in the gift shop.
- Special Admission: $2 discount for National Trust Partner Place Participants
- Blue Star Museum - free admission to the nation's active-duty military personnel and up to five family members including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Admission Fees (October – April)
Free, thanks to generous donations from local supporters.