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 walking tours are available May-September. Weekly tours include the Historic Downtown Juneau Tour and daily tours of the state Capitol. Monthly special tours include the True Crime Capital Killers Tour, the Treadwell Mine Complex Tour, and a Downtown Geology Tour.
Winter Hours (October – April )
- Tuesday-Saturday 10am to 4pm.
- Closed Sunday & Monday
Winter Admission (October – April)
FREE, thanks to generous donations from local supporters.
Our Museum store features unique items by local artists, books and trail guides by local authors, toys, prints, jewelry and cards.
Permanent Exhibit Highlights:
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.