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Become a City Museum Volunteer Today!

Become a City Museum Volunteer Today!

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum? Volunteering with us is a great way to find out! Volunteers do not need to be history experts, they just need to be enthusiastic, responsible, and willing to learn.

We are always recruiting for volunteers to help staff the reception desk, to act as walking tour guides in the summer, and/or to assist the Curator of Collections with collections maintenance. Click the link below for more information and to find an application form.

Downtown Geology Walking Tour with Dr. Cathy Connor and Mike Blackwell: July 18th“Two men working, looking at a pipe running through rock with quartz in it.” JDCM 85.22.243

Downtown Geology Walking Tour with Dr. Cathy Connor and Mike Blackwell: July 18th

  • Wednesday, July 18th
  • 5:30-7:00pm
  • $25 for adults; $20 for ages 12 and younger
  • Tour starts at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum

The City Museum is offering a special evening walking tour focused on downtown geology on Wednesday, July 18th from 5:30-7:00pm. The tour will be led by Dr. Cathy Connor and Mike Blackwell. Dr. Cathy Connor is an emerita Professor of Geology who taught Earth Science courses at UAS for 23 years. Mike Blackwell is a retired geological engineer living in Juneau.

Have you ever wondered how old the rocks under your feet are? Or why gold is found here? If so, this tour is for you! This tour will highlight the general geology of Downtown Juneau, and how our local geology has influenced downtown development and history. The walk is about 1.5 miles in length and will begin at the City Museum, located on the corner of 4th and Main Streets. The tour ends at the Downtown Public Library. Terrain will be downhill or flat, with no stair-climbing.

Tickets may be purchased at the City Museum or by calling 907-586-3572. The tour includes free admission to the City Museum as well as a coupon for 20% off in the Museum Store. Space is limited to 15 people, so advanced reservations with payment are recommended.

Historic Treadwell Walking Tour with Jim Geraghty: June 23rd“Treadwell Gold Mines,” c1915, by John E. Thwaites. Donated by Dr. and Mrs. Alden Lank. JDCM 86.17.004.

Historic Treadwell Walking Tour with Jim Geraghty: June 23rd

  • Saturday, June 23rd
  • 3:00-4:30pm
  • $25 for adults; $20 for ages 12 and under
  • Tours begin at Sandy Beach

The City Museum invites you to join local historian, Jim Geraghty, for a walking tour of the Treadwell Historical Trail at Sandy Beach on Saturday, June 23rd from 3:00-4:30pm. Come learn the history and operations of the Treadwell Complex that once was Sandy Beach.  This popular local tour sells out quickly, so reserve your spot today!

Jim Geraghty is a life-long Alaskan, an avid historian, and hiker who has spent years exploring local mining sites and poring over countless photos and documents relating to Juneau’s history. He has been a Guest Researcher at the Alaska State Museum and has given presentations on the history of Juneau and Southeast Alaska at the City Museum, Alaska State Museum, Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, and University of Alaska Southeast.

Tickets for the Treadwell Walking Tour are $25 for adults and $20 for children ages 12 and under and may be purchased at the City Museum or by calling 907-586-3572. Tickets include a free copy of the Treadwell Historic Trail Guide, a pass for free admission to the City Museum, and a 20% discount coupon for the Museum Store. All tours begin at Sandy Beach on Douglas. Additional Treadwell tours will be offered July 14th and August 18th.

Princess Sophia Walking Tour: August 31stWreck Princess Sophia Oct 24, 1918. 343 Lives Lost”, Postcard by W.H. Case. JDCM 93.20.007

Princess Sophia Walking Tour: August 31st

  • Tuesday, August 31st
  • 5:30-7:00pm
  • $25 for adults; $20 for ages 12 and younger
  • Tour starts at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum

The Juneau-Douglas City Museum will be leading walking tours to observe the 100th anniversary of the loss of the Princess Sophia, and to commemorate the lives of the 350 people who perished in the worst maritime disaster in Alaska history.

Late on the evening of October 23, 1918, the Princess Sophia sailed from Skagway and made her way along the Lynn Canal bound for Vancouver.  At 2:00 AM on the 24th, she struck the Vanderbilt Reef with enough force to ground with her hull completely above water.  Stranded on the reef, and with severe weather hampering rescue efforts, Captain Locke elected to keep passengers and crew aboard the ship until the weather improved.  But when rescue vessels approached the reef on the morning of October 26, they were greeted with the grim truth that the Sophia had succumbed and slipped beneath the waves.

Museum volunteer, retired Foreign Service Officer, and Douglas resident Kirk Smith will lead the tour which will focus on a discussion of the events and circumstances leading up to the disaster as well as a visit to the Evergreen Cemetery to pay respects at the graves of the Sophia’s victims. Tickets may be purchased at the City Museum or by calling 907-586-3572. The tour includes free admission to the City Museum as well as a coupon for 20% off in the Museum Store. Space is limited to 10 people, so advanced reservations with payment are recommended.