Alaska State Museum

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The front entrance of the museum's former building in September 2012.

The Alaska State Museum is a fabulous museum in Juneau, Alaska, United States. The newly renovated Alaska State Museum is truly the peoples museum. After a $139m renovation, it re-opened after just 2 years and three months closed, to strong acclaim. The museum closed temporarily on February 28, 2014 for the creation of a new facility that joins the State Library, Archives and Museum (SLAM) together in a comprehensive research facility.[1] The original building, designed by Linn A. Forrest,[2] was demolished in August 2014, and the new facility opened on the same footprint (but larger), on June 6, 2016. The new building is named after the first curator for the Alaska State Museum, the Russian Orthodox priest, Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff.

The Museum's collections include cultural materials from the people of the Northwest Coast (Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian), the Athabascan cultures of Interior Alaska, the Inupiaq of the north coast, and the Yup'ik of the southwest of Alaska, the Alutiiq people of Prince William Sound and Kodiak Island, and the Unangax from out along the Aleutian chain. Artifacts from the state's Russian colonial eras, state and political history, fine art (including contemporary art), natural history, industry and trades.[3]

The Museum is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


  1. ^ "Project SLAM". State of Alaska Library, Archives and Museum. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Determination of Eligibility for the Alaska State Centennial Museum (Alaska State Museum), Juneau
  3. ^ "About the Collections". Alaska State Museums. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 

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Coordinates: 58°18′01″N 134°24′56″W / 58.30028°N 134.41556°W / 58.30028; -134.41556