Alaska State Museum
The museum first opened as a territorial museum in 1900. It has a wildlife exhibit, an extensive collection of artifacts reflecting the state's Russian history and Native cultures, antiques, art and natural history displays. (395 Whittier Street).
Davis Log Cabin Visitors Center
The main visitor's center is a replica of Juneau's first school. You can pick up walking tour maps of the downtown area. The Log Cabin is located at the intersection of 3rd Street & Seward Street. Smaller information kiosks are located at the Marine Oak and at the airport.
Situated just three miles north of downtown, the hatchery is a fine place to learn about salmon and commercial fishing. As salmon fight their way up a fish ladder, you can stand behind an underwater window and witness this mystery of nature. You can watch the whole process of harvesting and fertilizing salmon eggs. There is also a gift shop selling salmon products. A nominal fee is charged for the tour.
One of Alaska's few examples of colonial architecture, the mansion was built in 1912 and houses Alaska's first family. The mansion is accented by a totem pole, which was presented to the Governor as a gift by the Tlingit Indians.
From its golden beginnings to statehood, this museum highlights the development of the city. Here, you will find displays featuring fishing, mining, marine and frontier history. The museum also specializes in programs and displays geared toward children. There is a small admission fee of $3 (4th and Main street).
Just down from the ferry dock you will find the Marine Park. Here you will find a sculpture commemorating Juneau's Gold Rush era. In the summer months, free concerts take place every Friday evening.
A mere 13 miles from downtown Juneau is the Mendenhall Glacier. This is Alaska's famous drive-in glacier. The glacier flows 12 miles from its source, the Juneau Ice Field, and has a 1.5 mile face. The US Forest Service has a visitor center with a variety of exhibits relating to the glacier. Nearby hiking trails offer magnificent views of the glacier itself. (Located at the end of Mendenhall Glacier Spur Road).
The Mount Roberts Tramway, which whisks visitors up 2000 feet to the center above, links Juneau's waterfront district to the alpine reaches of Mount Roberts. At the top you will find a restaurant & bar, gift shop, museum, a small theater featuring cultural film shows, a series of nature trails and a magnificent panoramic view of the Gastineau Channel, Admiralty Island, the Glacier Bay area and the Chilkat Mountains.
St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church
Built in 1894, this tiny octagonal church is the oldest original Russian church in Alaska. It was built by local Tlingits who, under pressure from the government to convert to Christianity, chose the only faith that allowed them to keep their native language. Be sure to go inside and view icons and religious treasures dating back to the 1700s. Informal tours are conducted in the summer months. This is one of Juneau's most photographed buildings.