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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.



Breakthrough: New Works by Constance Baltuck

Exhibit runs through Monday, December 29, 2014


Forest Sparkles, by Constance Baltuck, 30" x 40", Acrylic on Gessoboard.

Think big! Thanks to support from the Rasmuson Foundation, this past year Constance Baltuck has been thinking and working LARGE. The results of her "breakthrough" exploration are on display at the City Museum for the month of December. Constance says that an idea in her mind as she worked on these paintings was about how being involved with nature, through art making and intense observation, leads to an appreciation and a desire for conservation. She states that "hopefully this leads to thoughtful, respectful and mindful attitudes towards life on planet Earth. Maybe drawing plants can save the world!" An opening reception takes place during Gallery Walk on Friday, December 5th from 4:30-7:00. Constance will speak about art and nature at a Coffee & Collections program on December 13 and will teach a class about drawing plants on December 14. Click "Public Programs" for more details.



Ordinary Things / Extraordinary Tales

Exhibit Opens Friday, January 2, 2015


Capitalizing on the success of last year's exhibit of the same name, the Museum presents 12 new guest curators from the Juneau community who have each chosen an object from our collection that resonated with them in some way, based on their professional lives, and have written a personalized label to accompany that object. Please come see the selections and read the stories of geological engineer Mike Blackwell, diesel mechanic Larry Blatnick, Captain Wayne Carnes, editor Genevieve Gagne-Hawes, nurse Keith Goering, writer Jim Hale, chemist Michelle Bonnet Hale, miner Jerry Harmon, Dr. Emily Kane, massage therapist Melchi Nelson, accounts payable supervisor Sherry Patterson and physical therapist Patrick Ripp. The exhibit opens with a First Friday reception on January 2, from 4:30-7:00 pm.

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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.