Juneau, Alaska’s capital city, isn’t accessible by road. Those who make the effort to reach this isolated outpost are rewarded with dramatic scenery, a pioneer vibe, and countless outdoor adventures. Here are some suggestions for how to spend 24 hours in Alaska’s third-largest city.
Last Chance Mining Museum
Mining cars, railroad lines, train repair sheds, and other artifacts tell the story of Juneau’s Gold Rush history at the Last Chance Mining Museum and Historic Park. The collection is housed in the former compressor building of the Alaska Juneau Gold Mining Company, which operated here from 1916 to 1944. Old mining shafts surround the site.
Open daily 9:30am - 12:30pm and 3:30pm - 6:30pm in summer
1001 Basin Road, Juneau, AK 99801
Gold mining was an influential factor in Juneau’s history, and a visit to this museum offers an entertaining overview for first-time visitors. After a visit to the museum, travelers should consider a gold panning tour to Gold Creek (where gold was first discovered in Juneau) and the Last Chance Basin for a hands-on lesson in the hunt for gold. Many of these tours include a traditional Alaskan salmon bake for lunch or dinner for a quintessentially Alaskan day out.
Things to know before you go
- The museum is a must-visit for families and history buffs.
- The museum and historic park are not wheelchair-accessible.
- Wear sturdy walking shoes for the hike up to the museum and to explore the Perseverance Trail.
How to get there
The Last Chance Mining Museum is on the outskirts of Juneau, on the city’s eastern edge. There’s a short uphill hike along an uneven trail to reach the museum’s entrance.
When to get there
The museum is open daily from mid-May to late September and by appointment during the rest of the year. Try to visit on a clear day, as the site has plenty of outdoor areas to explore.
The trailhead for the Perseverance Trail is situated near the museum grounds. This trail leads up to Silverbow Basin, and interpretive signs along the way highlight facts from Juneau’s mining history.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are the nearest attractions to Last Chance Mining Museum?
What else should I know about attractions in Juneau?
- Mt. Roberts Tramway
- Waterfront Promenade and Franklin Street
- Alaska State Capitol Building
- Juneau-Douglas City Museum
- Alaska State Museum
- Juneau Cruise Port
- Alaskan Brewing Company
- Glacier Gardens
- Herbert Glacier
- Mendenhall Glacier
- Eagle Beach
- Pack Creek
- Chichagof Island
- Juneau Icefield
- Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve