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Hope and Sunrise Historical and Mining Museum

P. O. Box 88
64851 Second Street
Hope, Alaska 99605
Open: Memorial Day - Labor Day, 12 - 4
Admission Free, Donations Welcome 
Location: 90 miles south of Anchorage
On the Kenai Peninsula
(907) 782-3740 (during museum hours)
The Hope and Sunrise Historical and Mining Museum is well worth visiting! 
    Open since 1994, the museum recalls the 1896-1898 Turnagain Arm Gold Rush and the years that followed.  In addition to the main building, there are two artifact sheds, Hope's 1904 schoolhouse, three 1917 gold mine buildings, a 1950 Forest Sevice cabin, and a full-size pit saw display.  Signs, recorded voices, and old home movies bring the displays to life, while the museum hosts are a wealth of information.  A 1942 Quonset Hut is a theater for on-demand short films on Kenai Peninsula history.  Enthusiastic student guides lead tours of the buildings.  The flower and kitchen gardens reflect Hope's historic claim as the "garden city of the Kenai Peninsula."  Visitors are welcome to use the picnic tables.  

    The museum is funded primarily by donations.  If you like what you see, please donate, become a HSHS member, and volunteer!
    If you are planning a trip to Hope, visit the Hope Chamber of Commerce website www.hopealaska.info  Hope has numerous B&Bs and several excellent restaurants.  

March 25-31       Move FS Guard Station to Museum Grounds

April  7   Noon    Cooper Landing Museum Program: Harry Johnson's Trails

April 28   1:00     Museum Buildings Spring Clean Up 
                           Volunteers Welcome

May  5    9:30      Kenai Peninsula Historical Association Meeting @ Kenai

May 19   10:00     HSHS Board Meeting in Quonset Hut
              Noon      Museum Grounds Clean Up (snow should be gone) 

May 26   Noon     Museum Opens for Summer

July 15     11:00    Hope Wagon Trail 5K Run

Sept. 4    4:00    Museum Closed for Winter       

The Hope and Sunrise Historical and Mining Museum
Billy Miller Leads Tour of Museum Buildings, 2012

Artifact Shed and New Interpretive Sign, 2016 

1942 Quonset Hut Theater -- Open in 2017

Inside Quonset Hut Theater, 2017