When you think of Alaska, what comes to your mind? For us at Silverbow Inn, we think of our natural landmarks, locally owned and operated eateries, and of course, our collection of museums. One of the most fantastic historical showcases is the Juneau-Douglas City Museum on Calhoun Avenue. Known to locals as the “City Museum,” you’ll find an outstanding assortment of carefully restored artifacts and informative exhibits teaching you about the early days of Juneau life, including fishing and gold mining. Whether you are a history scholar or just have a thirst for knowledge, a visit to this museum will make a great addition to your getaway!
Before exploring our intricate past at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, request a copy of our free Vacation Guide to the Last Frontier! You’ll find our top recommendations for delightful coffee shops, city escapes, and other historic sites. Our guide also features the modern guest rooms and contemporary comforts at Silverbow Inn!
What’s on Display at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum
Formerly known as the Juneau Memorial Library, you’ll discover our compelling past at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum! If you want to venture out to see these sites in person, we urge you to grab a map of historic Juneau at the on-site Visitor’s Center. Read over our local insights and find out everything you’ll see on your guided tour!
To commemorate our ancestors, Juneau-Douglas City Museum showcases fascinating displays. Perhaps two of the most popular exhibits are the large relief map of the Last Frontier and a 500-year-old, basket-styled fishing trap! These two artifacts provide a unique look at what life used to like in Juneau.
In addition to the historical displays, you’ll see an array of artwork from October to April. Each of these interesting pieces was artfully crafted by local talent and capture the essence of our diverse city. Whichever way you choose to admire our culture, you’re sure to gain a new understanding and appreciation for our natural haven.
Museum Gift Shop
After you experience the breadth of our history, stop in the Juneau-Douglas City Museum gift shop. You’ll find a variety of novelties for sale, including books, scrapbooking accessories, beautiful paintings, vintage posters, mining memorabilia, and other cultural items. We urge you to bring cash to make your shopping experience easier!
Where and When You Can
If you are planning a visit, this Juneau museum’s hours are as follows.
- Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Tuesday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Appointment only for group tours
What’s the best part? You’ll be a brisk 4-minute walk from your comfortable accommodation at Silverbow Inn to the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. We recommend turning right from our front door toward Main Street, turn right again and walk two blocks, then take a left onto West 4th Street. And, you’ll see the museum on the right-hand side of the road!
Silverbow Inn Is Your Alaskan Vacation Destination!
Once you experience the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, reflect on your day at Silverbow Inn. In fact, our modern boutique hotel has a little history of its own. Formerly known as the Messerschmidt Building, Gus Messerschmidt, an Austrian immigrant, built this three-story establishment in 1898. A gourmet bakery claimed the first floor with a spacious apartment above it. Now, with the restored historical facade intact and high-end renovations inside, Silverbow Inn has its doors open for you! We invite you to browse our stunning selection of modern hideaways and reserve the ideal one for your getaway.
We can’t wait to host you in Alaska’s capital city this year!