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Alaska State Museum

395 Whittier St, Juneau, AK 99801-1718
+1 907-465-2901
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Excellent displays and description of Alaska history

Relatively new museum, with more artifacts on display since the previously upgraded museum... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Stacy E
Juneau, Alaska
Great collection

We decided to do some more of the local things whilst in Juneau. We spent almost 3 hours in there... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Deanne D
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The Alaska State Museum located in the new state-of-the-art Fr. Andrew P. Kashevaroff (APK) in Juneau, presents a unique view of Alaska’s history and diverse cultures. Exhibits feature an expansive collection of Alaska Native materials, fine art, and objects relating to topics such as mining, fishing, forestry, tourism, Russian-American period, and World War II. The Science on a Sphere TM theater cycles through a variety of animated geographical programs showing Alaska’s place in the world. There is a discovery room, with a climb-aboard replica of an early sailing ship and fun activities for all ages. There is always something new to see in the changing temporary exhibitions. The special summer 2017 shows are "Decolonizing Alaska" – featuring the work of 30 artists addressing resilience, adaptation & cultural survival resulting from dominant forces such as colonization and climate change, and the "Grand Visions of the Great Land: Historic and contemporary Art from the Alaska State Museum Collection". Upstairs, visitors can also explore the State Library and Archives with Alaskana collections, newspapers and magazines, WiFi, and more. A small cafe on the first floor serves breakfast and lunch as well as coffee. In the summer we are open 9am-5pm daily. Come visit!
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395 Whittier St, Juneau, AK 99801-1718
395 Whittier St, Juneau, AK 99801-1718
+1 907-465-2901
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Relatively new museum, with more artifacts on display since the previously upgraded museum. Informative interactive displays, paying special interest to Alaska Native culture and historical developments over time.

Thank Stacy E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to do some more of the local things whilst in Juneau. We spent almost 3 hours in there just learning about the culture of the area, They have a very unique collection of indigenous artefacts that I have seen. I would recommend anyone...More

Thank Deanne D
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Very well presented museum with lots of history and exhibits. We were fortunate to also see a current exhibition. Good activity for a rainy day or to while away a couple of hours. The library upstairs looks excellent.

Thank isa_perth
Reviewed 2 October 2017

This very attractive and well organized museum manages to cover a lot in a in a fairly compact space. Both the history and the native art of the state are represented, including such little remembered periods as the Russian rule over Alaska, and the Japanese...More

Thank DOD56
Reviewed 1 October 2017

This is a beautiful building with attractive displays. We spent about two hours there and left feeling like we should have spent more time. They do an excellent job of presenting the early history of Alaska. There is so much there that you could get...More

1  Thank ec0minded
Reviewed 1 October 2017

We had extra time while waiting to go to he airport in Juneau so we decided to go explore downtown. We are glad we had time to experience the Alaska State Museum. We don't normally take the time to visit museums but this was a...More

Thank lcgovols
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

Alaska should be proud of their state of the art museum . The design and information is presented in a beautiful format. Amazing how much is provided in such easy flow space. Fortunate for us we were able to see the special art exhibit! We...More

Thank Douglas2011
Reviewed 24 September 2017

This museum provided a great overview of Alaska and its history. It is a short 4 block walk from the cruise ship pier and is an inexpensive way to spend an afternoon while avoiding all of the pricier tours offered.

Thank Joan G
Reviewed 24 September 2017

Spent a couple of hours here on a cruise ship stop. Lots of stuff to see and learn here from first nations to present day. Some good exhibits. Admission a bit pricey but hey ho.

Thank 186Steve
Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

We visited the State Museum in mid-September. The collection of coastal Alaska Native American art and artifacts is absolutely spectacular! If visitors only do one thing in Juneau, it should be this beautiful museum with its wonderful collection. The story of the development of the...More

Thank Jerry W
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Beverly K
13 July 2016|
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Response from Debbie M | Property representative |
Generally Alaska State Museum is a short walk from the cruise dock however it depends on the specific dock since they are spread out over the equivalent of 6 city blocks. If you dock close in to downtown it is an easy 5... More
27 June 2016|
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Response from AsmJuneau | Property representative |
The Alaska State Museum reopened on June 6th, 2016! We're open from 9-5 daily this summer. All new permanent exhibits, and three new spectacular shows for the summer, including "Living Alaska" -- contemporary Alaskan art... More
Vickie A
7 May 2015|
Response from AsmJuneau | Property representative |
Hi Vickie - thanks for your question! We'll still be closed in July of 2015... we're building a fabulous new facility that will integrate the State Library, Archives and Museum, and so currently we don't have galleries to... More