It’s your first chance to visit! The Last Chance Mining Museum is officially open for the summer. Visit the historic compressor building, part of the former Alaska Juneau Gold Mining Company, for a peek into history. It originally operated from 1912-1944 and was turned into a museum that boasts the biggest air compressor in the world.

Here, you’ll discover a variety of vintage industrial parts and artifacts. Hard rock gold mining was big business in Juneau for years. From electric locomotives to classic rail cars used to haul ore into the mill, it gives visitors an idea of what life was like in Juneau of yore. It does require a brief hike up an uneven, unpaved trail to reach the museum.

A Real Gold Mine

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places as well as the Alaska Gold Rush Properties list, hours are 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. daily during summer months. Special appointments can also be made, especially for groups. Admission is just $5 per person, with discount rates available for groups.

Also known as Last Chance Basin Camp, you’ll find it at 1001 Basin Rd. Just a short drive from your Juneau hotel, it’s maintained by the Gastineau Historical Society and a must for anyone visiting Juneau.