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Current and Upcoming Exhibits

Behind the Lens: Six Juneau Photographers

Exhibit runs through Saturday, September 26, 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 runs through Saturday, September 26, 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 runs through Saturday, September 26, 2015

Composite photograph using Ferro Building Fire on N. Franklin Street, taken 3/16/66, JDCM 2009.10.254. Student Photographer: Preston Houtary, Student Photo Editor: Brayden Erickson

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.

Disasters At Home: Photographs from the City Museum Collection

Exhibit Opens Friday, October 2, 2015

Gold Creek Flooding, 1918, JDCM 2005.38.006

In conjunction with Communities, Disaster and Change, the Museum's video and map case galleries feature historical photographs documenting 11 homegrown disasters - fires, land and snow slides, and floods - spanning the years 1911 when the Juneau Hotel burned to the 2006 fire at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Each photograph is paired with historical text and a word cloud generated from newspaper articles from the day. The exhibit opens Friday, October 2nd, with a First Friday reception and will be on view through November 26, 2016.

Communities, Disaster, and Change

Exhibit Opens Friday, October 2, 2015

Artwork by Marjorie Scholl, 2013, Tsunami: Headed Towards the Back Side of a Wave.

This traveling exhibition, coordinated by the Valdez Museum and Historical Archive, is framed by the 50-year anniversary of the devastating Good Friday Earthquake that struck Alaska on March 27, 1964. The exhibit features 28 of Alaska’s finest artists from around the state whose pieces address the theme of natural disasters’ effects on their communities. For a list of exhibiting artists visit To read or post to a blog that is hosted by the Valdez Museum as an accompaniment to the exhibit, go to The exhibit in Juneau opens with a reception on Friday, October 2nd, from 4:30 to 7 pm and will be on view through November 28, 2015.

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.