Last Chance Mining Museum
Last Chance Mining Museum

Last Chance Mining Museum

Open daily 9:30am - 12:30pm and 3:30pm - 6:30pm in summer
1001 Basin Road, Juneau, Alaska, 99801

The basics

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.

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Things to know before you go

  • The museum is popular with families and history buffs.

  • Unfortunately, the site is not wheelchair accessible.

  • Wear sturdy walking shoes for the hike up to the museum and to explore the Perseverance Trail.

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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.

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When to get there

The museum is open select days from mid-May to late September, and by appointment the rest of the year. Try to visit on a clear day, as there are plenty of outdoor areas to explore.

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Perseverance Trail

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.

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