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Juneau-Douglas City Museum

Current and Upcoming Exhibits


The Empty Chair - The Forced Removal and Resettlement of Juneau’s Japanese Community, 1941-1951

Exhibit runs through Sunday, October 26, 2014


City Cafe Interior with Tanaka Family, 1938. Photograph provided by Mary (Tanaka) Abo and Alice (Tanaka) Hikido.

This exhibit tells the stories of the Japanese who were evacuated from Juneau during World War II and those who settled here afterwards. The “Empty Chair” refers to a seat left unfilled at the June, 1942 Juneau High School graduation ceremony representing the absence of valedictorian John Tanaka whose was relocated with his family in April of that year. Also on display are collages by Juneau artist Fumi Matsumoto which capture the memory of the internment camps, and a video of Juneau during 1941-1955 created by Juneau filmmaker, Greg Chaney. The exhibit was mounted in conjunction with the installation of the Empty Chair Memorial in Capital Park. An opening reception at the Museum will occur on July 12, from 12-5, concurrent with the dedication of that memorial. For more information about the Empty Chair Memorial visit www.emptychairproject.wordpress.com.

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Outside My Window

Exhibit runs through Saturday, October 25, 2014


Outside My Window - Inside My Kitchen by Mariona Gotschall, L2014.03.004

Outside My Window is an exhibit planned in collaboration with the Capital City Quilters and includes 27 quilts created by Juneau fiber and fabric artists who were inspired by the theme to make work that reflects life lived in the City and Borough of Juneau. The quilts are displayed along with the stories of their creation. A public reception for this exhibit takes place on Friday, June 13, from 4:30-7:00 pm.



Solo Exhibition: Marianne Manning

Exhibit Opens Friday, November 7, 2014


Photo courtesy of Marianne Manning

Marianne writes, “For this show I have been working on a combination of ideas.  I will have portraits. I love painting portraits, watching someone appear to come to life on my canvas, capturing a smile, or expression.  More than painting a person, I try and paint a personality.  I have also been working on landscapes and light.  There is a natural freedom in painting a landscape that is not always possible with a portrait.  I like to add things and take things out of landscapes.  By having people, animals, and personal pets in landscape I am able to work in a combination of both an expressive and more exact style of painting in the same image.”  Marianne Manning will be exhibiting recent oil and pastel works from November 7-29, 2014. A public reception takes place on November 7, and she will give an artist’s talk at a Coffee & Collections program on Saturday, November 22nd, from 10:30-noon.



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

Exhibit Opens Friday, November 7, 2014


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 Opens Friday, November 7, 2014


"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.




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.