Education Resources at the City Museum

The Juneau-Douglas City Museum has downloadable resources, as well as materials that educators may borrow. We will be adding new materials to this page as they become available.

Resources to Download

The following materials are free to download for personal or educational use. For more information, please call the City Museum at 907-586-3572.

Museum SketchOutdoor I Spy Activity

The Outdoor I Spy activity takes users on a 20 to 30 minute walk in the downtown Juneau historic district, searching for the sites of 6 visual clues. At each discovery, there is information to share about the building’s or monument’s history and significance. The brochure is best printed double-sided and folded together into a booklet. The visual clues found on the last page of the download can be printed and cut apart into cards to show to or hand out to the I-Spy players.

4 story totemChecklist for Totems Around Juneau

Can you find these poles? The checklist below names 20 locations around Juneau where totem poles or carved markers are found, with pole and carver names included. Links to other resources for learning about totems are listed under the checklist.

Fish Trap Binder Front PageFish Trap Education Binder

Resource materials to teach about the Montana Creek fish trap, located at the City Museum, as well as fish traps in general. Educators may also borrow a physical copy of the manual from the Museum. These files are larger PDFs and may take a while to load.

Wooden Canoe on DisplayWood & Waterways: A Look at Tlingit Canoes

A manual for teachers about the creation, history, and use of canoes by the Tlingit and Haida people of Southeast Alaska and the Yakutat area. Educators may also borrow a physical copy of the manual from the Museum. These files are larger PDFs and may take a while to load.

Book Cover - Alaska Native Brotherhood: a Centennial CelebrationThe Alaska Native Brotherhood: A Centennial Celebration (2012 Exhibit)

See the link below for PDF copies of the 2012 exhibit panels, which cover the 100-year history of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and also provide some history for the Alaska Native Sisterhood. Several of the exhibit panels are available for educators to borrow, and the Museum also has some panels on display that classes can view on a Museum visit.

Resources to Borrow

The following materials are free to borrow for educational use. Please call 907-586-3572 if you are interested in borrowing any item.

DVD Cover - Juneau: City Built on GoldJuneau: City Built on Gold DVD

The Juneau-Douglas City Museum celebrates local history with this DVD, created by museum staff, volunteers, and community members. This 26-minute documentary highlights local history, culture, and heritage. It begins with an introduction to Tlingit life in the Juneau area, follows the city’s history through the gold rush days and the fight for statehood. This is the same video that the Museum shows in our Video Room and would make a great introduction to the Museum before a visit.

Book Cover - Minerals, Metals and RocksJuneau Geology History Kit

Kit includes three laminated, large spiral-bound books created by the Museum for our Rocks & Minerals display in the Hands-on Mining Room:

  • Minerals, Metals, and Rocks
  • The Juneau Gold Belt and Juneau Mining History
  • Traditional Tlingit Uses of Stone (Té)

Also included in the kit:

  • Box with 8 different rock samples found in the Juneau area
  • Let’s Go Rock Collecting by Roma Gans, illustrated by Holly Keller
  • Jump into Science: Rocks & Minerals by Steve Tomecek, illustrated by Kyle Poling (National Geographic Kids)
  • A Rock is Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long

Empty Chair Display ImageThe Empty Chair Education Kit

Kit includes books and materials listed below. Teachers may also borrow panels from “The Empty Chair” exhibit (2014):

Reference Books & Audiovisual Materials:

  • The Empty Chair DVD (abridged, educational version)
  • The Empty Chair Story
  • Forced to Leave
  • Juneau’s Alaska at War
  • Quiet Defiance: Alaska’s Empty Chair Story
  • Surviving Minidoka
  • Flash drive with “The Empty Chair” exhibit panels

Picture books:

  • Barbed Wire Baseball
  • Baseball Saved Us
  • The Bracelet
  • The Minidoka Story
  • A Place Where Sunflowers Grow


  • “The Empty Chair” Exhibit Poster
  • Directions for making an origami crane

Photo of Fish Information Panels at MuseumFishing Education Kit

Kit includes life-sized fish fact panels for the five species of Pacific salmon, halibut, herring, and eulachon; stuffed toy salmon and halibut; consumable copies of the Montana Creek Fish Trap Facts & History brochure; and the following materials:

  • Montana Creek Fish Trap Education Binder
  • Montana Creek Fish Trap Exhibit Panel
  • Section of Fish Trap Replica and Spruce Root
  • The Tlingit Way: How to Treat Salmon by Patricia H. Partnow
  • A Day in the Life of a Commercial Fisherman by John F. Klein
  • What’s it Like to be a…Fisherman by Janet Craig
  • “Model of Montana Creek Fish Trap” booklet
  • “Fish Traps of Alaska” poster & handouts
  • “Fish Traps Around the World” poster & handouts
  • “What was Happening in the World when the Montana Creek Fish Trap was Built?” poster & handouts
  • “Montana Creek Fish Trap Matching Game” from the AK State Museum
  • Map of Mendenhall Valley c. 1750 by Richard Carstensen
  • Digitally Created Photo of Mendenhall Valley c. 1867 by Richard Carstensen

Image of the Signing of Anti-Discrimination BillJuneau: Alaska’s Capital – Digital Stories DVD

These digital stories were created by 6th grade students at Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School and 7th grade students at Floyd Dryden Middle School with direction from JDCM staff during the 2007-8 school year. Stories fall into four main categories:

  • Alaska’s Capital – Sitka to Juneau, Early History (Russian Alaska), To Move the Capital: Pro and Con, Juneau’s Gold Mining History, Alaska’s Government
  • The Quest for Statehood – Process of Becoming a State, Parts 1&2; Bartlett and Gruening: Alaska’s Dynamic Duo; Judge James Wickersham; An In-Depth Look at Alaska’s Model Constitution; How Statehood Affected the Native Community; Looking Back at 50 Years of Statehood
  • Elizabeth Peratrovich and Civil Rights in Alaska – Civil Rights in Alaska: Roy and Elizabeth Peratrovich, Parts 1&2; ANB & ANS
  • Cultures of Juneau – The Haida, The Tlingit, Anglo-Europeans, Filipinos in Alaska, Polynesians in Alaska

Photo of archive copy of the Juneau EmpireJuneau Empire 75th Edition

This three-part edition was published in 1987 in celebration of the Empire’s 75th anniversary. Each part contains articles on various facets of Juneau history, as well as reproductions of historic articles.

  • Part One, October 1987
  • Part Two, November 1987
  • Part Three, November 1987

Cover of Gold Creek Flume StoriesJuneau Maps & Guides

  • 1914 Map of Downtown Juneau
  • Gold Creek Flume Stories
  • Historic Downtown Juneau Walking Tour Guide
  • Perseverance Trail Guide
  • Treadwell Mine Historic Trail: Walking Trail Map & Historic Guide

Cover Image of Children of the Gold RushBooks

  • Alaska Wildlife Maze & Puzzle Book (Brown)
  • The Centennial Gazetteer: A Guide to Juneau, Alaska Place Names
  • Children of the Gold Rush (Murphy & Haigh)
  • Color Me Juneau (Hameedi)
  • Gold Rush Women (Murphy & Haigh)
  • Growing up in Juneau: The Last Hundred Years (Scandling)
  • I Remember Treadwell (Mahaffy)
  • Kahtahah (Paul)
  • Left Field Bear (Rogers)
  • Looking Back on Juneau: The First Hundred Years (Davis)
  • Names on the Chart and How They Got There (DeArmond)
  • Old Gold: Historical Vignettes of Juneau, Alaska (DeArmond)
  • Raven House Mouse (Steinbright)
  • Surviving Minidoka (Boise State)
  • Sushi and Sourdough (Kanazawa)
  • Tlingit Spelling Book (plus cassette tape; Dauenhauer)
  • Touring Juneau (Croft & Bradner)
  • Wild Edible Plants (Biggs)