View of the glacier from the inside of the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

© Chantarat/Shutterstock

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center


This mini-museum holds ranger talks, shows an 11-minute film and displays exhibits relating to the glacier and its formation. There are huge panoramic windows looking out over the lake, the glacier and gushing Nugget Falls. Various trails lead out directly from the center (pick up a free map). Note: there is no food available in the center or its immediate vicinity; bring snacks with you.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Juneau attractions

1. Nugget Falls

0.73 MILES

A spectacular sight at Mendenhall Glacier is this waterfall, a mini-Niagara (in season) caused by Nugget Creek diving off a hanging valley into Mendenhall…

2. Mendenhall Lake

0.82 MILES

This lake at the foot of Mendenhall Glacier is an excellent destination for a paddle. Alaska Boat & Kayak offers both self-guided and guided packages. The…

3. Mendenhall Glacier

1.65 MILES

Going to Juneau and not seeing the Mendenhall is like visiting Rome and skipping the Colosseum. The most famous of Juneau’s ice floes, and the city’s most…

4. Macauley Salmon Hatchery

6.97 MILES

The visitor center here has huge seawater aquariums and underwater viewing windows so you can watch thousands of salmon fighting their way upstream to…

5. Governor’s Mansion

9.24 MILES

This pillared Governor’s Mansion is Juneau's most attractive building. Built and furnished in 1912 at a cost of $44,000, the mansion is not open to the…

6. Wickersham State Historical Site

9.26 MILES

Overlooking downtown Juneau, this site preserves the 1898 home of pioneer judge and statesman James Wickersham. It's a steep climb, but the house has some…

7. St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church

9.33 MILES

Of 1893 vintage and etched against the backdrop of Mt Juneau, this diminutive onion-domed church is the oldest Russian Orthodox church in Alaska. Through…

8. Juneau-Douglas City Museum

9.36 MILES

This museum focuses on gold, with interesting mining displays including 3-D photo viewers, timelines, interactive exhibits and the video Juneau: City…