Alaska State Capitol Building
120 4th Street
Alaska State Capitol BuildingIn keeping with Juneau’s unconventional status as a state capital, its capitol building is controversial—many Alaskans are unhappy with both its architecture, which resembles a grand high school more than anything, and its inconvenient location, far from Fairbanks and Anchorage. But, strangely, residents have voted repeatedly to keep it where it is. Today, the building is used partly for the legislature and partly as a home for historical artworks and archives. Free 30-minute tours detail how democracy works in this state.