Walking Tours (May – September)

Historic Downtown Juneau Walking Tour

Set out with a local tour guide to learn about the cultures and history of Juneau. This walking tour is chock-full of stories and covers about 10 city blocks of the downtown business district and bordering neighborhood. Participants will learn about Juneau’s first inhabitants, view totem poles, hear the tales of prominent personalities from the early days, and see how the thirst for gold literally changed the landscape of downtown Juneau. This tour begins at the City Museum and ends at Alaska’s Capital Inn, the historic home of Gold Rush pioneer John Olds. Built in 1906, the Inn has been restored and furnished with turn of the century elegance and is run as a bed and breakfast today. Price of tour includes admission to the City Museum, a 20% discount on select items in the Museum Store, and tea time at Alaska’s Capital Inn. 

  • Reservations recommended.
  • Tour Length: Approximately 90 minutes.
  • Price: $31.50 

Alaska State Capitol Tour

The Alaska State Capitol Building in Juneau has served as the symbol and seat of government for more than 90 years and continues to be a working Capitol today. The building hosts the Alaska Legislature, the offices of the Governor of Alaska and Lieutenant Governor of Alaska, and houses an impressive collection of both historical and contemporary Alaskan art. Join a local guide for a tour of the interior of the Capitol and learn about the building’s architecture, the art collection, the Alaska Legislature, and some of the people who helped to shape Alaska’s political history. This tour starts in the Capitol lobby. Capitol tours are not available on Saturdays or Sundays.

  • No reservations. Sign-up at the Capitol 5 minutes before tour.
  • Tour Length: Approximately 60 minutes.
  • Price: FREE

Juneau True Crime Tour 

This guided tour starts and ends at the City Museum and is led by former Juneau criminal reporters, Ed Schoenfeld and Betsy Longenbaugh who will focus on historic Juneau murders. Price of tour includes admission to the City Museum and a 20% discount on select items in the Museum Store.  Space is limited to 15 participants. This tour is recommended for adults and may be suitable for mature teens.

  • Reservations required
  • Tour Length: Approximately 120 minutes.
  • Price:$31.50

Treadwell Mine Walking Tour

Join local tour guide, Rich Mattson, to walk the Treadwell Mine Historic Trail on Douglas Island and learn how Treadwell grew from a single gold claim into four mines, five mills, and a bustling community of workers and their families. Rich Mattson grew up playing in the Treadwell Mine area and acquired a lifelong interest in the mine complex. This tour begins and ends at Sandy Beach in Douglas (transportation required). Price of tour includes admission to the City Museum and a 20% discount on select items in the Museum Store.  Space is limited to 20 participants.

  • Reservations required
  • Tour Length: Approximately 120 minutes.
  • Price:$31.50 

Death in Douglas: True Crime Tour

A young woman serves a plate of hooligan to her mother in their Douglas beach cabin. The mother convulses and dies. Did the daughter commit matricide? Or did her lover poison the fish without her knowledge? Find the answers to this and more on the Death in Douglas: True Crime Tour. Participants will walk about 2 miles while hearing about seven murder cases in Douglas and Treadwell from the first half of the Twentieth Century. This tour starts and ends in Douglas  and is led by former Juneau criminal reporters, Ed Schoenfeld and Betsy Longenbaugh. Ticket price includes admission to the City Museum and a 20% discount on select items in the Museum Store.  Space is limited to 15 participants. This tour is recommended for adults and may be suitable for mature teens.

  • Reservations required
  • Tour Length: Approximately 120 minutes.
  • Price:$31.50 

General Information:

  • Tours may include inclines, stairs, and uneven ground.
  • Outdoor tours will take place rain or shine.
  • Cancellations/Refunds: Participants who pay in advance may receive a full refund if they notify the City Museum of their cancellation at least 2 days before their tour is scheduled. Participants may also elect to transfer their reservation to another tour occurring during the same calendar year, as long as the tour has space available. Reservations cancelled with fewer than 2 days notice will not be refunded.
  • Special Group Tours: The Museum may elect to arrange special tours for groups outside of our normal tour times as long as a tour guide is available and we have enough advanced notice. Group tours must be paid for at the time the tour is booked and are subject to the cancellation and refund policy as stated above. Group tour organizers must also fill out and sign a group tour reservation form, acknowledging their understanding and acceptance of our walking tours policy. Contact the museum to obtain a group tour reservation form.

For more information please call (907) 586-3572

Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Visit 11 different spots around downtown, each featuring a sign with an audio installation. Scan the QR code on the signs with your smartphone and you will hear stories from community members offering diverse glimpses of life here in Juneau. For more information visit juneau.org/voices. Get a printable PDF of the story locations at bit.ly/JVMatchGame.