Juneau’s deservedly popular Alaska State Museum celebrates the region’s art, history and the natural world. If you’ve ever wanted to see a life-size eagle-nesting tree, this is the place to come.
The museum was established in 1900, and its extensive collection spans a wealth of historical and indigenous materials. The museum successfully brings Alaskan history and science to life, with stuffed bears, re-created landscapes, totem poles and 3-D installations to help tell the story.
The Planet Earth exhibit is especially popular with kids, with a 3-D likeness of the Earth spinning in space, complete with computer-generated weather data and special effects. Younger children make a beeline for the replica of the good ship Discovery, where period dress-ups and invitations to climb aboard await.
Indigenous exhibits include a re-created plank house from the Northwest Coast, a Frog House from the southeast, and ceremonial and shamanic items. You’ll also see Eskimo kayaks, clothing and hunting tools. The 1890s gold rush and the state’s Russian heritage round out the historical exhibits.
The museum also hosts a series of temporary exhibits each year, including some stunning work by local photographers and artists.