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Alaska State Museum

395 Whittier St, Juneau, AK 99801-1718
+1 907-465-2901
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Excellent museum

Very well presented museum with lots of history and exhibits. We were fortunate to also see a... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2017
isa_perth
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Well worth your time

This very attractive and well organized museum manages to cover a lot in a in a fairly compact... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
DOD56
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Alexandria, Virginia
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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
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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

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
Reviewed 21 September 2017

Wheelchairs and elevators available. Parking garage under the museum. The design and flow of the museum are well though out. This building appears to be fairly new---there were display drawers throughout that didn't yet have items in them. It will not take away from the...More

Thank CofCMom
Reviewed 21 September 2017

Went here to see the history of Alaska as the first stop on a cruise. We were not disappointed. The interactive displays and artifacts were well presented and not boring.

Thank David A
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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
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JoanSibner
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
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Vickie A
7 May 2015|
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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
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