The Roundhouse at Alyeska Museum

Alaska's Only Mountaintop Museum and Interpretive Center


The move to preserve the Roundhouse

Built in 1960, the Roundhouse sits on an exposed ridge, 2,280 feet above sea level. The distinctive octagonal building first served as a warming hut and later as a popular mountain gathering place, complete with restaurant and lounge. Alyeska’s ski patrol used the lower level as its headquarters. In summer the Roundhouse turned into a visitor center for people to enjoy the alpine environment and the panoramic view that encompasses two mountain ranges, seven glaciers and scenic Turnagain Arm.

The Roundhouse was placed on the National Historic Register in 2003 in recognition of its significance to the development of skiing and other outdoor activities in Alaska. Girdwood, Inc. was formed, in part, to restore the Roundhouse and turn its upper level into an interpretive center and museum. Read more about the history of the Roundhouse.


Girdwood, Inc
Non-profit 501 (c)(3)
P. O. Box 1102
Girdwood, AK 99587

Summer Hours
10 AM to 7 PM, 7 Days a week.

Winter hours
11 AM until 3 PM,
weekends and holidays.

Admission to the Roundhouse Museum is FREE.

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Bring your family and friends for a visit!
You’ll be surprised what there is to learn when you visit the Roundhouse!