Alaska State Museum

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The Alaska State Museum is a museum in Juneau , the capital of Alaska .

The museum was founded on June 6, 1900, on the initiative of the congress. The museum's task was to collect, preserve and display artifacts and media from the region. The holdings grew rapidly, but initially there was no suitable place to exhibit them and make them accessible to the public. It was not until 20 years after it was founded that the collection could be exhibited in the premises of the Arctic Brotherhood Building in Juneau.

In 1923, the administration of the Alaska Territory took over responsibility for the museum, which now also carried out research, offered tours and had an educational mandate. By the mid-1940s the collection had become too large for the available space. In 1967, on the centenary of the purchase of Alaska from Russia , a one percent VAT increase was introduced for Juneau to fund a new facility for the museum.

Juneau then transferred ownership and management of the museum to the state of Alaska. Since then, the collection has grown from 5,500 to 27,000 objects. In 1975, the Alaska State Museum was first officially recognized by the American Association of Museums .

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Coordinates: 58 ° 18 ′ 0.9 ″  N , 134 ° 24 ′ 55 ″  W.