Last Chance Mining Museum

The Gastineau Channel Historical Society operates the Last Chance Mining Museum located near downtown Juneau, Alaska. The Museum is located in the former Alaska-Juneau Gold Mining Company’s historic compressor building, which was used by the company from 1912 until 1944.

Historic note on the arrival of the compressor:
DECEMBER 8, 1914-The biggest air compressor ever shipped to Alaska arrived on the freighter Meteor last week for the Alaska-Juneau Mine. This morning the Humphries Transfer Company hitched all of its horses and some borrowed ones in a team to move the 56-ton Ingersoll-Rand machine to Last Chance Basin. It has the capacity to operate 40 machine drills.             Gastineau Bygones – 12/08/1978

Visitors will encounter one of the world’s largest mining air compressors, a host of industrial mining tools and artifacts associated with hard rock gold mining, as well as electric locomotives and rail cars which hauled men to the mine and ore to the mill. Access to the Museum is via a short hike up a scenic hill on a trail of uneven terrain, but is well worth the effort.  Park at the end of Basin Road, then follow the signs to Gold Creek, cross the footbridge, and hike up the short hill.  Those with impaired mobility may call 907.586.5338 in advance to request help for transport.  Entrance is $5, cash only. The Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Alaska Gold Rush Properties. For the 2021 season with current COVID-19 restrictions in place, the Museum will be open Friday – Monday, 2 pm – 5 pm beginning Friday June 5 through September 6. Face masks and hand sanitizer are required inside the museum (and offered: masks available for $1) and six feet distance must be maintained for those not in one’s immediate group. Any changes in dates and hours will be updated as the season progresses.   For additional information about the Museum contact the Last Chance Mining Museum at 907-586-5338 or, or by mail at 1001 Basin Road, Juneau, AK 99801.

Old mining locomotive

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