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Alaska State Museum

395 Whittier St, Juneau, AK 99801-1718
+1 907-465-2901
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Native and National

The Alaska State Museum is great! There is a lot of history about the Native culture and... read more

Reviewed 19 March 2018
Lou_M032517
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Rexburg, Idaho
Fantastic Museum - one of the best I've seen.

I'm not usually a huge museum fan, but I spent an entire morning walking around this one. They had... read more

Reviewed 13 March 2018
Mel_M802
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Brisbane, Australia
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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 19 March 2018

The Alaska State Museum is great! There is a lot of history about the Native culture and persecution as well as Russian influence. This is a fun adventure into history for all ages. The admission really is awesome, and the artifacts are preserved nicely.

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Reviewed 13 March 2018

I'm not usually a huge museum fan, but I spent an entire morning walking around this one. They had an impressive display of exhibits, showing the evolution of Alaska and Alaskan traditions through time. Definitely one of the best ones I've been to.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

We weren't sure what to expect. Turns out, we found a very enjoyable afternoon exploring Alaskan history. The artifacts were well laid out and had a good story to tell. Of particular interest to us was the early inhabitants and the Russian influence. I suspect...More

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Reviewed 15 February 2018

Such a neat experience and variety of culture and history. Can't beat free admission! Offers great admission pricing for standard tickets, children, seniors, and military. So much to learn. Hours vary upon the websites you look up, but they definitely close at 4p. Excellent show...More

1  Thank Kendall N
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Reviewed 11 February 2018

This is an excellent museum, and a must see if you're in Juneau. I tend to wander through museums quickly, as a lot of things you may see are quite similar from place to place. I caught myself after a while and noticed that I...More

1  Thank Jason K
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Reviewed 4 February 2018

No pun intended there - Juneau was the start of our Alaska trip, and we stumbled into the museum on a rainy day. We were late, with only 45 minutes left in their day, but we got in for half price. It's gorgeous and sweeping...More

1  Thank Lori S
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Reviewed 31 January 2018

I was impressed by the quality of exhibits and the sense of history the museum instills. Kudos to the curators.

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Reviewed 31 December 2017

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.

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Reviewed 27 December 2017

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

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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.

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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
6 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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