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Current and Upcoming Exhibits
Jeff Brown's Masterpieces of Merriment.
Exhibit runs through Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Jeff Brown, Southeast Alaskan Sundae , on loan from Jeff Brown, L2012.09.062.
Jeff Brown is a local radio and television personality, a humorist, author, magician, artist, balloon twister, project manager and more. Jeff believes his ultimate mission in life is “to make people happy and to make people laugh.” Jeff has been fulfilling his mission for approximately 40 years. He entertains Juneau with his quick-wit, his balloon creations, his publications and his involvement with various community activities and events.
Dale DeArmond: The Hat Series
Exhibit runs through Saturday, April 19, 2014
The Bear’s Ears Hat, Dale DeArmond, 1994, JDCM 2013.04.013
Dale DeArmond (1914-2006) was an artist best know for her woodblock prints and book illustrations. She and her husband Bob (click on "Digital Bob" at left for more about him) lived in Juneau between 1953 and 1991 and in addition to producing art, Dale was the Director of the Juneau City Library from 1958-1979, housed in the building that the museum now calls home. The "Hat Series" are 14 wood engravings with colored pencil hand-pulled by the artist and are the newest additions to the Dale DeArmond collection at the museum, thanks to the museum's Juneau History and Art Acquisition Fund.
MK MacNaughton: Secrets
Exhibit runs through Saturday, March 22, 2014
"Little Mikey" by MK MacNaughton
Large scale charcoal portraits of Juneau residents of different ages, backgrounds and personalities accompanied by short statements from the models explore the pros and cons of keeping, carrying and sharing secrets. Self-reflective questions are raised: When do we hold too much in? When do we talk more than we should? How well do we know each other? This exhibit opens with a public reception on Friday, March 7th, from 4:30 to 7:00 pm and will be on display through Saturday, March 22nd. MK will give an Artist's Talk on Saturday, March 8th (click on Public Programs for more information) and will teach a portrait drawing class on March 16th (click Museum Classes for registration form).
DRILLING & MILLING: Hands-on Mining
Brass-in and put on your hard hat and come explore Juneau's early mining history and mining practices in our interactive Museum environment. The room includes an interactive stamp mill; a model of Treadwell with sliding panels depicting the infamous cave-in in 1917; a weights and measures station with activity sheets; and a mineral i.d. station. Our interactive stamp mill was produced courtesy of Greenscreek Mining Company.
Learn about Juneau's History of Hydropower
Juneau's combination of precipitation and lots of elevation makes Juneau an ideal location for hydro (water) power. Hydropower harnesses the force or energy of moving water and converts this kinetic (moving) energy into mechanical (machine) energy. Built in 1914, the Salmon Creek Dam was the first constant angle arch design dam in the world. This unique design reduced construction costs by 20%, because it required 25% less concrete to build. Visit the museum to generate power, Juneau style. Our hydropower interactive was produced courtesy of AEL&P.
Montana Creek Fish Trap & Replica
This 500-700 year old Native fish trap is the first basketry-style fish trap to be discovered in an archaeological context on the Northwest Coast. Suspended above the original fish trap is a full scale replica built in 2006 with the support from Sealaska Corporation, a grant from the Alaska Humanities Forum and a Grant-In-Aid from the Alaska State Museum. This exhibit project was awarded The American Association of State and Local History 2008 Merit and WOW award. The exhibit also features a hands-on fish trap model, footage from the 1991 excavation of the fish trap, courtesy of Greg Chaney, and the Montana Creek Fish Trap brochure.
Outdoor Recreation: Skiing & the Dan Moller Cabin
A Charter member of the Juneau Ski Club, Dan Moller came to Juneau 1934 as the general Emergency Conservation Work foreman for the US Forest Service. He was in charge of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) work crews that constructed the trail to Second Meadow, the site of the 1st ski area in Juneau and the original cabin that later bore his name. The cabin was determined to be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places for its association with the Civilian Conservation Corps, for its role in development of the growth of recreation and skiing, and its long association with the Juneau Ski Club. Following the USFS's assessment of the cabin, they approached the City Museum to help interpret this important part of Juneau history since the cabin could not be saved.
Politics, Personalities & Power
View digital stories about the Quest for Statehood and Alaska's Capital on either of these interactive kiosks located in our Politics, Personalities and Power gallery.
As the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, it seems only fitting to have an exhibit dedicated to Juneau as Alaska's Capital City. The exhibit features a detailed timeline of events that shaped our capital, artifacts from capital move campaigns and interactive touch-screens that feature a number of historical and cultural topics including: The Quest for Statehood, Elizabeth Peratrovich and Civil Rights, Alaska's Government and Cultures of Juneau.
The Museum's digital stories project received the Leadership in History Award of Merit from the American Association of State and Local History in September 2011.
U.S. Bureau of Mines: Assay Lab
Bureau of Mines Assay Lab. JDCM 2006.06.040G.
This exhibition is a diorama of the fire assay lab that operated on Mayflower Island from the early 1950s until 1996. Check out the recently added display panels explaning the assaying process used by the US Bureau of Mines to determine the content of gold in rock samples collected throughout the state.