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Address: 108 Main St., Haines, AK 99827
Phone Number: 907-766-2374
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Description: Museum owner Dave Pahl has built a collection of more than 1,000 hammers...
Museum owner Dave Pahl has built a collection of more than 1,000 hammers over a few decades of construction work.
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My husband was impressed

We docked unexpectedly in Haines due to weather, and my husband, who loves tools, wanted to go to the Hammer museum, one of very few things to do in Haines. He went in himself... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We docked unexpectedly in Haines due to weather, and my husband, who loves tools, wanted to go to the Hammer museum, one of very few things to do in Haines. He went in himself, only $5 to enter, and spent much more time inside than expected and came out with stories. Cheap and unusual thing to do if you're in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Our cruise ship stopped in Haines, so we stopped by the Hammer Museum. (There are not many other attractions in Haines.) It boosts most of the hammers ever made - just not construction hammers but music tuning hammers, medical hammers, ceremonial hammers, etc ... It sounds crazy but it was interesting. The workers there are incredibly (almost unbelievably) passionate about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We hopped into this museum on a whim (and largely because we didn't know what else to do in Haines) but it was so much fun. There were a ridiculous amount of hammers (2,000) and even some from Tim Allen, the Home Improvement years. This didn't require a long visit but it was well worth the $5 admission!

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Seward, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

When my husband wanted to go to the Hammer Museum, I can't say that I was overly excited. Luckily there was a little bit in there for everyone. They had a scavenger hunt for younger kids which my daughter really enjoyed. It did take a while to get my husband to actually leave the museum as he probably could've stayed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Went to the Hammer museum as part of the walking tour and was very pleasantly surprised! Dave's collection is impressive and diverse. He and his intern hooked us on the many unique and antique hammers and hammer art with their humor and knowledge. Bet you won't find one he doesn't have!

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The_Hammer_Museum, Hammer Museum Director at Hammer Museum, responded to this review

So glad you visited the museum! Thank You for your support! More 

Algonquin, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

The Hammer Museum is a must see if you visit Haines, but could also be the reason TO visit Haines. It is a fun and informative museum about hammers.Yes, hammers of all kinds, from all kinds of professions, even celebrity hammers! The staff was welcoming and helpful. We talked with Ashleigh, Madeline and Aleah. They all had engaging and informative... More 

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The_Hammer_Museum, Hammer Musem Director at Hammer Museum, responded to this review

Thank You for your visit to the Hammer Museum! We are pleased to know that you had a great time visiting. Come back anytime! We love to see return visitors! More 

Haines, Alaska
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

My party of three arrived, paid our fee of $5. When asked if we were with a cruise and said no , we were left to peruse on our own. While viewing the museum attendant could be heard discussing personal life woes in back room with someone else. Twenty minutes later a party of four arrived, paid their fee and... More 

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The_Hammer_Museum, Hammer Museum Director at Hammer Museum, responded to this review

First of all, I would like to apologize for your less than pleasant experience at the Hammer Museum. We want all of our visitors, no matter if they are off a cruise ship or independently traveling to have enjoyed and learned from the museum. Distress in the personal lives of the staff should have never been on display for any... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

I have never seen so many odd and different hammers. The dental hammers were scary ;-) Very interesting and took quite a while to read what every hammer was used for. A unique place in Alaska to see.

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The_Hammer_Museum, Hammer Museum Director at Hammer Museum, responded to this review

Thank You for your visit to the Hammer Museum! More 

Durham, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

I loved the Hammer Museum! it's not big, but you'll never see that many hammers anywhere else. No way, no how. I had no clue there were so many different kinds of specialized hammers. The people running the museum were very nice, and they've done a nice job creating something that is truly unique. A not-to-be-missed in Haines. It won't... More 

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The_Hammer_Museum, Hammer Museum Director at Hammer Museum, responded to this review

So glad you loved the Hammer Museum! We like it when visitors have just as much fun being at the Museum as the staff have! More 

Woodward, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Dave has the collecting bug and after ~40 years of collecting he's accumulated a pile of hammers. I like tools, but his collection is huge. And the apprentices were very knowledgeable as well. A MUST SEE if you're in Haines.

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Address: 108 Main St., Haines, AK 99827
Phone Number: 907-766-2374
Location: United States  >  Alaska (AK)  >  Haines

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