Current Exhibits

Discover Tech: Construction of the Juneau-Douglas Bridges & Capitol1980 Douglas Bridge Construction, photo by Vern Hirsh. Donated by Susan Brock, JDCM 2010.01.001

Discover Tech: Construction of the Juneau-Douglas Bridges & Capitol

Exhibit runs through 12/31/2018

The Juneau Public Libraries will host the second national tour of the interactive traveling exhibit Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference. In conjunction with that traveling exhibit, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum will feature two local construction related exhibits. The exhibit in the Map Case Gallery will focus on the construction of the 1935 and 1980 Douglas Bridges, showing photographs from both construction projects and telling the history of the bridges. In the Video Room, we will exhibit history and photographs of the construction of the U.S. Federal and Territorial Building (now the Alaska Capitol), as well as competition panels and a model from the 2005 Alaska Capitol Design Competition. Both of the City Museum's Discover Tech exhibits will open during with a First Friday Reception on January 5th, 2018 and run through the end of the year.

Douglas Library Satellite Exhibit: Disasters at Home, 1936 Landslide"Landslide," by Trevor Davis, 1936. From the Wallis George collection donated by Carol Zebold. JDCM 2013.14.145.

Douglas Library Satellite Exhibit: Disasters at Home, 1936 Landslide

Exhibit runs through 04/15/2018

This exhibit features eight photographs of the 1936 landslide that covered sections of downtown Juneau, text describing this historic event, and a word cloud generated from newspaper articles from the day. Also in the exhibit are first aid related items from the City Museum?s collection. The exhibit is on display through mid-April 2018.

Fourteenth Annual 12x12 Community Art Exhibit: Seasons

Fourteenth Annual 12x12 Community Art Exhibit: Seasons

Exhibit runs through 04/21/2018

Each year the City Museum hosts a unique community art exhibit in which artists of all ages are encouraged to create works within the parameters of a square or a cube, measuring 12" x 12" (by 12") including the framing. This year we encouraged artists to create on the theme of "Seasons".

Museum curator Jodi DeBruyne explains the choice for this year's theme: "During each yea's exhibit, we offer the opportunity for artists and visitors to recommend future 12x12 themes and "Seasons" has been mentioned a few times over the years. The theme lends itself to all artistic mediums and has a variety of meanings -- seasons of the year, seasons, of life, the seasonings of cooking, TV series seasons, sports seasons -- that offer an abundance of creative opportunities for Juneau's artists."

Submissions will be accepted Tuesday, February 20th through Saturday, February 24th, 2018, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Each submission must be accompanied by an entry form and entry fee of $12.12. The 2018 entry form is linked below.

The 12x12 exhibit will open with a First Friday Reception on March 2, 2018, and run through Saturday, April 21st, 2018.

USS Juneau CL-52 Presentation Silver Service SetUSS Juneau Silver Service Set Cup, on loan from the United States Navy. JDCM L2015.02.006

USS Juneau CL-52 Presentation Silver Service Set

Exhibit runs through 04/15/2018

The USS Juneau Presentation Silver Set, on loan from the U.S. Navy, will be back out on view starting in October. The punch bowl, ladle, two candlesticks, and a few cups will be accompanied by the history of the three USS Juneau ships, a crew list form the CL-52, a WWII-era Sullivan Brothers Poster, and a photograph of the CL-52. The Presentation Silver was purchased by the City of Juneau and presented as a gift to the USS Juneau CL-52 upon her launching by then Mayor Harry I. Lucas and his wife, who attended the New Jersey based ceremony. October 25th marks the 76th anniversary of the USS Juneau CL-52's launching and this coming November marks the 75th anniversary of her sinking.

A thank you to the Mendenhall Flying Lions for helping the Museum locate the Silver Set and for their assistance in bringing it back to Juneau. The Silver will be on view through mid-April.

Valley Library Satellite Exhibit: History MysteryMystery Object #5, JDCM EDU.0682

Valley Library Satellite Exhibit: History Mystery

Exhibit runs through 04/15/2018

This interactive exhibit examines ideas about technology in relation to the Juneau Public Library's Big Read and Discover Tech projects. From mid-September 2017 through mid-April 2018, several objects from the Museum's Education Collection will be on display at the Valley Library. They are all pieces of technology that were once considered innovative solutions that improved people's quality of life or made a profession's work easier and more accurate. While operational, not all of these objects are still in everyday use, many having been replaced with more technologically-based modern alternatives.

The public is invited to use their imagination and powers of observation to envision what these objects are and to write their own museum labels, either imaginative or historic. Label templates may be picked up at the Valley Library front desk. Completed labels need to be turned in to the library before November 30th. People may fill out and turn in as many labels as they wish. City Museum staff will choose two labels for each object, best historical and most creative, and these will be posted in the display case from January to mid-April.