Alaska State Museum in Juneau, AK

Formally dedicated June 6, 2016, the new Alaska State Museum in Juneau opened offering exhibits that are home to history and cultural artifacts in a 120,000 square foot building. The new facility is much larger than the old museum and allows more room for current displays and future exhibits. The previous museum, constructed in 1967 for the Alaska Centennial, was torn down in 2014 to accommodate the new museum. Despite the size, complexity of needs and extraordinary detail, the new building was completed on time and slightly under budget.

Successfully handling a significant contribution, Saxton Bradley provided the millwork package inclusive of standing and running trim and casework, library stacks, high density archival storage, laboratory casework and fume hoods.

With 20,000 square feet of exhibit space on the first floor alone the Museum is home to many historical objects. A few of the exhibits: a section of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, a 30 foot sailing boat from the early 20th century and a clan house housing Alaska Native artifacts. One especially impressive sight is not historic at all but is entirely new: this is the glass and wood wall created by Ketchikan artist Evon Zerbetz. The wall dividing the reading room and research area is entitled We Are Written in the Layers of the Earth. The wall measures 80 feet by 10 feet and is made up of 15 separate glass panels sitting atop carved cabinetry. A small portion of the wall is pictured above.

Read more about the Museum opening in Alaska Beyond or at Alaska State Museums. In a state that is home to so many treasures, the new Alaska State Museum is a magnificent one.