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Juneau-Douglas City Museum

Current and Upcoming Exhibits


TOE-tally Juneau: Cartoon Selections from the City Museum's Collection

Exhibit runs through Saturday, April 18, 2015


Have You Seen Summer? by Tony "TOE" Newman, June 3, 2012. JDCM 2012.13.001.

When Tony “TOE” Newman moved to Alaska in 1994 the lack of a political cartoonist surprised him. He quickly took up the role and his satirical and humorous cartoons began appearing in local papers in 1995. Throughout the years, his drawings have been published in The Big Skinny, The Paper, Capital City Weekly, and the Juneau Empire. Newman has no classical cartoonist training, but grew up enjoying the iconic cartoons of the New Yorker. It is from those that he finds inspiration for his own drawings which focus on local topics including politics, weather, the tourist industry, and general life in Juneau. In a 2007 Juneau Empire article, Newman said: “My main responsibility is to make jokes, to make people laugh. I like to think I would represent a joke making fun of both sides of the issue, if I thought it was funny." TOE-tally Juneau will be on display through mid-April and includes 14 cartoons and four illustrated stories by Jim Geraghty, Kalean Haddock, Carol Garrett and Kary Kegaan Eddy.



Downtown Sights: Paintings from the Collection

Exhibit runs through Saturday, April 18, 2015


"Observatory" by Alan Munro, 2013. Acrylic on canvas board. JDCM 2013.27.001. Purchase of this artwork has been made possible through the generous support of the Rasmuson Foundation.

The city’s architecture has caught the eye of many of Juneau’s artists who have taken their canvases to their windows or directly to the streets in order to capture the colors and shapes of the buildings and surrounding foliage as well as how the seasons change the scenes around us. This exhibit features eight works of art by five local artists: Phyllice Bradner, Barbara Craver, Jay Crondahl, Sue Kraft and Alan Munro. Each painting is accompanied by a quote from the artist as well as some historical information about the building or area seen in the painting. The exhibit runs November 7, 2014 through April 18, 2015 in the Map Case Gallery.



11th Annual 12x12 Community Art Exhibit: H2O Color

Exhibit runs through Saturday, April 18, 2015


Now in its 11th year of existence, the 12x12 Community Art Exhibit has become a Juneau institution, celebrating the diversity of creativity in our community. This year, inspired by the theme of H2O Color, artists of all ages and stripes have submitted a work of art measuring 12 inches by 12 inches. The staff of the Museum are as surprised and delighted as you will be to see what hangs on the gallery walls after all the submissions have arrived. Join the artists and the community for an opening reception on March 6th from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. 12x12: H2O Color will be on display through April 18, 2015.



Behind the Lens: Six Juneau Photographers

Exhibit Opens Friday, May 1, 2015


Amy Lou Barney with one of her Speed Graphics cameras, 1947. Image courtesy of Renee Guerin.

This exhibit features six photographers who took up residence in Juneau: George Landerkin, Lloyd Winter, Percy Pond, Fred Ordway, Amy Lou Barney, and Joseph Alexander and whose work spans almost 100 years of Juneau’s history (1891-1988). These photographers were competitors, partners, or successors and along with being business owners and photographers, each were important members of the Juneau community. They were members of clubs and fraternal organizations, sat on community boards, protected the town against fires, and flew planes for pleasure. For these reasons and more, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum focuses on the people behind the lens. This exhibit explores the art, businesses, and lives of each of these six individuals. The exhibit opens with a reception hosted by the Friends of the Juneau-Douglas City Museum on the first Friday in May and will be up through the end of September.



Who's Who? Portrait Identifications from the Joseph Alexander Collections

Exhibit Opens Friday, May 1, 2015


Studio portraits of 4 unidentified people by Joseph Alexander.

This exhibit contains 212 portraits from the Joseph Alexander Collection that were transferred to the City Museum in Kodak 4x5 Film boxes with no identifications. It is hoped that as community members visit the Museum and look at these Juneau faces, we will be able to learn the names and the stories of these people. A binder will be available at the reception desk to record identifying information that is shared. And these 212 portraits are just the tip of the iceberg! The Joseph Alexander Collections (2013.10 & 2013.11) have 16,000+ sets of negatives and prints, over 5,000 of which are unidentified people. In an attempt to identify as many of these people as possible, we have also initiated a “Who’s Who? Wednesday” on the Friends of the Juneau-Douglas City Museum’s Facebook page. For this initiative we upload one unidentified portrait each Wednesday, in hopes the Juneau community, near and far, will be able to assist us with this project.



Picture Stitching: 13 Works by Juneau-Douglas High School Students

Exhibit Opens Friday, May 1, 2015


Girls playing on Sandy Beach in Douglas, early 1900s, Winter & Pond, JDCM 86.13.004

Picture Stitching is an exhibit of composite photographs that combine an historical image of Juneau with a contemporary photograph. The works were all created by Juneau-Douglas High School students participating in a photography class through the school's Choosing Healthy Options in Cooperative Education (CHOICE) program. CHOICE is an alternative program whose mission is graduation from high school for a select set of students who have experienced factors in their lives which have undermined success in a traditional academic setting. The program emphasizes community, family contact, off-campus retreats, hands-on and community-based experiences, service-learning, and closely monitored support for success. The Museum is proud to feature the work of these motivated and creative students. The exhibit opens along with "Behind the Lens" and "Who's Who" on May 1, 2015 and will be on display through September 26.




Permanent Exhibits


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.



In Our Video Room: Juneau, City Built on Gold


"Lights of Juneau", 1931, Fred Ordway, JDCM 2000.16.001

Created by museum staff, volunteers and community members, this 26-minute documentary plays in our video room year-round, highlighting local history, culture, and heritage. It begins with an introduction to Native Alaskan (Tlingit) life in the Juneau area and follows the city's development and history through the gold rush days and the fight for Alaska's statehood.



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.

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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.

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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.