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How You Can Help


The Alaska State Museum relies heavily on volunteers to greet visitors, give tours and help with many behind-the-scenes tasks, including putting up exhibitions and working with collections.

Docents are trained for their jobs through a series of lectures each spring by experts on Alaska subjects, including Native peoples, mining, natural history, early exploration and the arts. Training to help with exhibitions, conservation and special projects is also available. Volunteers can also help by working with the Friends of the Alaska State Museum in hosting exhibition opening receptions and working in the Museum Store.

For more information on volunteering, please contact Mary Irvine or Lisa Golisek at 465.2901 or fill out this volunteer application (PDF).

Funds & Programs

To Support Acquisition of Artifacts & Collection Items

The Alaska Heritage Endowment Fund was established by statute (AS 37.14.500) to secure the state's cultural and natural history. Interest revenues from this fund are managed in much the same way as the state's more famous endowment, the Permanent Fund, with dividends distributed to the Alaska State Museum and the Sheldon Jackson Museum to support the purchase of objects for the collections.

Contributions can be made payable to the Alaska State Museum. Please mark the lower left corner of check "Heritage Endowment Fund Principal Account."

For Native Students Studying the Arts

The Ethel Montgomery Fund was established to assist Native students studying in a museum related field at the University level. Ethel Montgomery was a supporter and docent of the Alaska State Museum for more than thirty years, a collector of Native arts, and a volunteer and advisor for the Alaska Native Arts and Crafts Cooperative.

More Details about the Ethel Montgomery Scholarship

2018 Application is now available.

Contributions can be made to the Friends of the Alaska State Museum. Please mark the lower left hand corner of check "Ethel Montgomery Fund".

To Support Special Events and Programs

Contribute directly to the Friends of the Alaska State Museum to support programs chosen by the Friends. Throughout the year, free programs are offered including symposia, lectures, workshops, receptions and artist demonstrations related to the Museum's mission and temporary and permanent exhibits.

Contributions can be made to the Friends of the Alaska State Museum. Please mark the lower left hand corner of check "for special events".

Support the Docent Program

Read a news story about the museum's docent program

The Charles Bearden Senior Memorial Fund was established to create a way for individuals and groups to contribute to the interpretive training program at the Alaska State Museum. Charles Bearden was a dedicated docent at the Museum for many years, and specialized in natural history interpretation. The fund is used annually to help bring excellent speakers to the State Museum for docent and volunteer training during a series of free, public-interest lectures, usually held in March and April.

Contributions can be made payable directly to the Charles Bearden Senior Memorial Fund.

For additional information on how to contribute to any of these funds, contact:
Addison Field, Chief Curator
Alaska State Museum
395 Whittier St., Juneau, AK 99801

Page last updated 01/05/2018