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Hammer Museum

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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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Very interesting for a tool person. The varying types of hammers is almost unimaginable. A great place to spend an hour.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Russell, Pennsylvania
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Russell, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Very interesting for a tool person. The varying types of hammers is almost unimaginable. A great place to spend an hour.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This is a cool stop in Haines. The owner has over 7,000 different hammers (not all on display at the same time), but they are well organized and marked to tell a story of their history. The entry fee is just a small donation and it's totally worth it to linger over the amazing collection and to see all the... More 

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Roseburg, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Don't pass this up; it's worth your time to see the most unique and complete collection of nearly every type of hammer-like tool ever machine- or hand-made. The provenance and patent details of many of these items of antiquity attest to the fascinating research undertaken by the owner/curator, who we were fortunate enough to meet and learn from him his... More 

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Jordan, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This did not hold my interest at all. One of the hammers on exhibit was, "My Dad's Hammer" which makes me think just because you have a great collection of something, doesn't mean you need to open a museum. It was a very small building and took about 5 minutes to walk through. There was a bike outside on the... More 

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Port of Los Angeles, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We suppose that with all of the specialty collections abounding around the world, there would HAVE to be a premiere collection of hand tools, specifically hammers. In this case, one man's obsession with these tools eventually turned into a display of two thousand varieties, with at least a couple thousand others still waiting to be displayed. Our advice is that... More 

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

Thank you for the puns! We love the puns in reviews. It just doesn't get old. Thank you for your visit to The Hammer Museum and your feedback! More 

Thomasville
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17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Who ever thought there would be such a place as a Hammer Museum. This small museum housed in a former home is worth the admission price. There are two docents who if asked will give you a tour with wonderful stories of the hammers. The hammers are divided into various areas in the field the hammers are used in, such... More 

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

Thank you for visiting the Hammer Museum! We are pleased that you had a great experience here. We appreciate the feedback! More 

Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

I crossed this place off my list first..thinking it was another "tourist trap." Then we booked a walking tour of Haines, which included a stop at the Hammer Museum. My first impressions were completely wrong!! This is a very interesting museum, with an outstanding collection and great docents who are very knowledgable. Don't be fooled-- this IS a stop you... More 

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

We are so glad you made the stop to visit The Hammer Museum! Thank you for your visit and your feedback! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

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

We love it when a visitor comes in and spends a lot more time in the Museum than they expected they would. Thank you for your visit! More 

Kentucky
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42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

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

Thank You for coming & visiting The Hammer Museum! We are so glad you had a great experience. More 

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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

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

Hey Thanks so much for your visit and feedback! So glad you guys had a great time! More 

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