Juneau-Douglas City Museum, Juneau

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The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is located at the corner of 4th and Main, opposite the Alaska State Capitol in Juneau, Alaska. It occupies a building which was built in 1950-51 to house the Juneau Memorial Library. It is a two-story Classical Revival structure built out of concrete with red marble trim elements. A gable-roofed projecting section at the center of the long wall provides the main entrance, which is recessed in an opening the full height to the pediment. This projecting section is flanked by banks of five metal-framed awning windows. The northeast facade has a gable pediment similar to that of the entry projection, below which is a large rectangular window, behind which a stained glass decoration has been installed. The building served the city as its library until the 1980s, at which time it was repurposed to house the city museum.The museum's exhibits include gold mining, hydropower, skiing, outdoor recreation, fishing, politics and city history.The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.
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  • We love museums! This is a small, well laid out museum that tells the history of Juneau in a visual way. Interesting exhibits that should appeal to all history buffs. Twenty minute film of the develop...  more »
  • Close to the Centre of Juneau we found this nice little museum. It tells about the former inhabitants of Juneau and their use. Colorful exhibition. Separate cinema and clean toilets.
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  • Watch the small film reel about the history when you enter, and then enjoy seeing how people lived in a different time. The staff were very pleasant and helpful, and we appreciated the care and time g...  more »
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  • There is a lot of historical information, mostly centered around the gold rush and the important people who make contributions to gold mining. There was a 10 minute video about this with a small seating area. Admission was leas than 10$ a person, but I'm not sure it was worth my time. I would only recommend it if you really like history.
  • Quaint and highly educational City Tours Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1:30-3:00 P.M. (May-September). Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Small, well curated museum. Great for the whole family. Trendy gift shop with interesting local art, books, and gifts.
  • Cool little place to check out important parts of Juneau history. Staff is very friendly and the exhibits they set up allow you to find out so much about the city and people that came before.
  • Surprisingly well done museum for such a small town. We took their guided walking tour of the town, and it was outstanding! If you want an escape from cruise ship Disneyland Alaska, this is the perfect choice.
  • Small but well-curated museum. Very worth the visit if you are in downtown Juneau, especially if you are into local history.

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