What do an elaborate collection of industrial artifacts, gold mining treasures, and antique transportation have in common? The Last Chance Mining Museum, that’s what! As you walk through abandoned mine tunnels, you’ll discover how gold mining, and the miners themselves, shaped our community. Whether you are a history buff or just love learning something new, an afternoon visit to this enriching museum will make your vacation even better!
As you plan your getaway, request a copy of our free Vacation Guide to the Last Frontier! You’ll find our recommendations for the best historic sites like the Last Chance Mining Museum, as well as local restaurants, unique annual events, and spectacular outdoor adventures. The guide also features the comfortable amenities and modern guest rooms at Silverbow Inn!
Here’s How to Spend Your Time at the Last Chance Mining Museum
The Last Chance Mining Museum has the most compelling exhibits designed to teach you about the history woven into the fabric of our community. Before visiting this mountainside site, read our tips on what can you expect to see while you are there!
What’s the History?
When you arrive at the Last Chance Mining Museum, you’ll quickly discover why it’s a local treasure. This historic site is in the former Jualpa Mining Camp just above downtown Juneau. Now, the Gastineau Channel Historical Society has transformed this retired mining operation into the spectacular museum it is today!
What Will You See?
From the moment you walk through the front doors, you’ll be greeted by Renee Hughes and her husband, Gary Gillette. This dynamic duo not only leads tours at the Last Chance Mining Museum, but they are also the leaders of the Gastineau Channel Historical Society. Be sure to ask them about the cave-in of the Treadwell Mine! It’s a fascinating story.
In addition, you’ll see a variety of unique displays. These exhibits include the restored buildings, original mining equipment, the world’s largest air compressor, and a layered glass map of the tunnel network. Each of these relics and artifacts teaches you about different techniques used by the miners who shaped our community, as well as how they lived.
How Can I Get to the Last Chance Mining Museum?
The Last Chance Mining Museum is nestled on the banks of Gold Creek about 1.5 miles from Silverbow Inn. Whether you drive or hike to the museum, you’ll be delighted by the towering trees, mountainous terrain, and beautiful landscape!
Return to Silverbow Inn to Reflect on Your Day
Once you experience the Last Chance Mining Museum, spend your evening relaxing at the Silverbow Inn. Our convenient location in downtown Juneau offers easy access to 15 local eateries, shops, and entertainment venues. Before booking your stay, explore our 11 guest rooms and reserve your favorite one for your next getaway.
If you are looking for most modern comfort in Juneau, consider booking our City View Queen Room. Not only will you delight in the views of our downtown but also the plush queen bed, 450-thread count sheets, and super fast WiFi. And, you’ll feel refreshed in the contemporary bathroom featuring plush towels, a spacious tub, and soothing bath salts! You’ll also have access to our 24-hour Candy Bar and delightful rooftop hot tub.
Plan your next Juneau getaway with Silverbow Inn!