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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  • August 1, 2017
    I always find that having older locals tell the story of their past, more interesting and authentic. They obviously have pride in living in Juneau. The exhibits are wonderful and full of history. I wa...  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    not a must see but it does give the true Juneau flavor and we enjoyed our one hour visit. Nice movie gives a great backdrop to Juneau and the area  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    One of the most beautiful and interesting museums I've visited in the USA. So much information found not only related to early Alaskan tribes and settlers and statehood, but the impact of World War II...  more »
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  • June 11, 2017
    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.
  • June 8, 2017
    Small but well-curated museum. Very worth the visit if you are in downtown Juneau, especially if you are into local history.
  • September 18, 2016
    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.
  • July 17, 2016
    If you have an opportunity to take the walking tour on Wednesday at 1:00, don't miss it. Our guide Joel was very knowledgeable about the city's history regarding mining, fishing, timbering, architecture, politics, and citizens, including one notable Robert Straud. On top of all that, Joel told his stories with much humor and enthusiasm. He's a real character. After the walk, we met our tea and cookie host at her B&B, who was also wonderful. It was the best guided tour we ever experienced, and was a top five highlight on our Alaskan trip.
  • March 18, 2017
    Fun little place, enjoyed the history and friendly staff

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