Educational Programs at the City Museum

Educational Programs at the City Museum

A Place to Explore, Learn, and Grow…

Students in the MuseumStudents travel back in time, become detectives and explorers, and experience artwork by local artists when they visit the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

Our programs are designed around education standards and offer educators new ways to reinforce lesson plans with the help of historical artifacts & images, interactive exhibits and activities.

Museum staff are happy to accommodate all grade levels and will work with educators to develop a program that meets the needs of students and teachers.


  • Indoor & Outdoor I Spy activities
  • Gallery Scavenger Hunts (all grade levels/ various themes)
  • Themed tours: Mining history; Tlingit art & culture; Montana Creek Fish Trap; The Empty Chair Memorial; Juneau Past and Present; Juneau’s Changing Shoreline; Politics and Statehood; and current exhibits.
  • Site-Specific Tours may be available at Evergreen Cemetery and the Historic Treadwell Trail.
  • Create Your Own Tour: The Museum’s Public Programs Coordinator would be happy to work with you to create a tour that meets your specific needs.

Facilities & Features

  • Hands-On Mining Gallery: interactive exhibits for all ages on Juneau’s mining history, hydroelectricity in Juneau, and rocks & minerals.
  • Politics, Personalities & Power Gallery: includes award-winning digital stories produced by local middle school students on topics of statehood, cultures of Juneau, Juneau history and Elizabeth Peratrovich & Civil Rights in Alaska.
  • Áak’w and T’aakú Kwáan History: including an exhibit on the Alaska Native Brotherhood & Sisterhood, and a canoe interactive.
  • Montana Creek Fish Trap: 500-700 year old basketry style fish trap, full-scale replica, and interactive fish trap.
  • General History Gallery: including a timeline of Juneau’s history, Juneau Businesses exhibit with I-Spy activity, Juneau fishing exhibit with life-size fish fact panels, and more.
  • Juneau: City Built on Gold: 26-minute video on Juneau’s history.
  • Local Art: both in our permanent galleries and in temporary exhibits throughout the year.

Resources for Teachers

Did you know the city Museum has education kits and artifacts available to check out? Our educational resources include lesson ideas and hands-on objects to prepare students for a trip to the Museum. Check out the link below to view resources for teachers.

Scheduling & Fees

Many staff led activities, including museum tours and visits to classrooms, are available for free October—April, thanks to donated admissions. If a tour requires extensive preparation or museum-provided materials, a $1 fee per student may apply. Admission fees may also apply from May to September for adults escorting school groups and children 13 and older. Teachers will be notified at the time of their reservation if a fee will apply.

Educational Tours are Available:

  • October-April: T-F 10am-4pm (earlier times may be arranged if staff is available)

Please schedule tours at least two weeks in advance. If you are planning a self-guided tour, we strongly encourage you to contact the Museum when planning your visit to ensure all gallery spaces are available for viewing. If you are interested in an education tour during the months of May to September, please contact the Museum to see if we are able to accommodate your group.

Free Busing for School Tours!

Thanks to a generous grant from the Empty Chair Committee to the Friends of the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, we are able to offer free busing for school tours. Please indicate that you would like busing assistance when you fill out our scheduling form and the Public Programs Coordinator will contact you about setting up bus transportation.

Please complete the Museum tour request. The Public Programs Coordinator will contact you soon. For more information, call 586-3572.