Juneau is no doubt one of the most alluring cities of Alaska, U.S. The city also gives roof to the Alaska State Museum, which was founded on June 6, 1900. The real goal behind creating the museum was to gather and showcase the artifacts from all over the territory. It was only in 1920 that the Alaska Historical Museum was opened for public. At that time it was located in the Arctic Brotherhood Building.
In 1923, the entire responsibility and workings of the museum was taken by the Territory. The museum advanced and important developments were seen and the volume of historical artifacts also increased. The various educative initiatives and tour guide programs also developed. By mid- 1940s, the accumulated collection of artifacts had grown to an extent that there was no space left for storing and exhibiting them in the museum.
As a result, in 1967, the citizens of Juneau started paying one percent of sales tax for the museum. And soon after that Juneau transferred the authority of the museum to the State of Alaska. By visiting the museum one can acquaint oneself with the history of the state, its ethnicity and much other nitty-gritty. One can see the history and culture of the people of Aleutian Islands in Alaska, Northwest Coast, Athabaskan, and Eskimo.
There are many artifacts pertaining to the American, Russian, and European settlements. The museum also apprises the visitors about the history of mining and the gold rush period. The museum has also been engaged in aiding other museums in developing and growing so far.
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