Dive Into Juneau’s History

This Alaska community certainly doesn’t lack character or charm. On historic South Franklin Street, many buildings from the early 1900s are now bars, gift shops and restaurants. While the history of Juneau can be seen and experienced from most places in town, there are a few places that history buffs should add to their itinerary.

Visit the Alaska State Capitol and Governor’s House. Guided tours at the capitol building that was built between 1929 and 1931 leave every half-hour and are completely free. The Governor’s House is not open to the public, but the Greek Revival-style home built in 1912 is a popular spot for photos.

Next, head to the Alaska State Museum and the Sealaska Heritage Institute. The museum has more than 23,000 artifacts, works of fine art and natural history and artifacts from Alaska’s major indigenous groups and exhibits to show the state’s Russian period and major gold strikes. At the Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Walter Soboleff Building, walk through an authentic clan house, listen to ancient stories and explore from an Alaska Native perspective.

There is plenty more history to experience. Make time to visit all of the area’s museums, shrines and monuments!


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