Photo Credit: Frank Kovalchek

Exploring the Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area: Hope Museum



Short Description: The Hope Museum provides a glimpse into the colorful world of the Hope/Sunrise Gold Rush.  The museum hosts several buildings and tools from the time period.

Required Equipment: None

Suggested Equipment: Notebooks.

Safety Consideration: None

Other Info:

  • Contact the Museum prior to trip:     (907) 782-3740
  • Is not open in winter— call ahead to arrange a viewing date.
  • Website

Instructional Opportunities:

Hope and Sunrise were the supply ports for the mining activity for the Forks and regions beyond. This trip could be in conjunction with Trails Across Time Chapter 5 and the lesson “Tale of Two Cities.”


The Hope Museum, and the town of Hope itself, provides a wonderful opportunity for students to feel the epicenter of the gold rush in the Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area. The museum is a treasure trove of photos, documents, and artifacts from the time period. On site are several original buildings that visitors can wander through. In addition, there are a number of tools and implements from the mining industry.

The town of Hope is often called the Garden Spot of the Kenai. The narrow roads, the period buildings, and the lush vegetation make this a marvelous opportunity to sense the former vibrancy of the area.