Alaska State Museum

(907) 465-2901
395 Whittier Street
Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 465-3074
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395 Whittier Street
99801 Juneau , AK
United States
Phone: (907) 465-2901
Alaska US
The Alaska State Museum is Alaska's premier cultural institution with permanent exhibits showing hundreds of objects from the museum's collection of Alaska Native objects, artifacts from the Russian America period (1741-1867) and items from the American period. Temporary exhibits showcase contemporary Alaskan artists. The museum is 2 floors with an elevator and a circling rampway that spirals around a life-size eagle nesting tree, leading to the second floor. Lighting is subdued to protect the objects - especially the colors on the textiles - from fading. However, flashlights are available at the front desk. Visitor services staff are available, any time the museum is open, to assist visitors with special needs. Objects from the hands-on collection are available so that visitors can get a closer look and feel of things like hundred-year-old snow goggles, unique inventions like a Tlingit halibut hook, and various pelts of animals used in Alaska Native artwork.

Facility Access Information

Wheelchair Parking Location: 
the museum
Main Entrance: 
9 steps one railing, but also fully-ADA ramp & railing
Accessible Entrance: 
Front entrance
Wheelchairs Available: 
at the front desk
Accessible Restrooms: 
Some restrooms are accessible
Accessible Restroom Location: 
first floor
Service Animals: 
Sitting Area Location: 
throughout museum galleries
Pre-Visit Information
Other Important Pre-Visit Information: 
Assistance is available for visitors with special needs. Please call (907) 465-2901 prior to the visit and let us know how we can help.
Visitor Information Desk
The following items are available. Please ask for them at the information desk: 
Large-print floor plans
Braille/tactile floor plans
Large-print brochures
Magnifying glasses
Notepad and pencil (for deaf and other visitors)
Other Resources: 
Please ask to see and touch objects in the hands-on collection, or ask if a docent (museum guide) is available. A Large Print Guide is available for our permanent galleries. Flashlights are also available for use since the galleries are lit to the 8 candle-foot power.
Tours and Scheduled Programs
Our Access Programs Use: 
Verbal Description Tours
Tactile diagrams
Verbal descriptions
Theaters, Auditoriums, Video Installations
Theaters and Auditoriums: 
Infrared system
Induction loop assistive listening system
Video Installations: 
Videos without sound are labeled “no sound.”
Videos with words have open captioning.
Captioning is available for live presentations upon advance request.
Soundsticks that are T-coil compatible are available
Media showcasing programs available for visitors with disabilities: 
Other Programs for Audiences with Diverse Needs: 
Alzheimer’s, autism, special education tours, etc.