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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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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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Surprisingly good museum!

I did not know there were so many different kinds of hammers! All made with a particular use. Small, takes 1-2 hours. Quite interesting.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Ellis
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I did not know there were so many different kinds of hammers! All made with a particular use. Small, takes 1-2 hours. Quite interesting.

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Thank Douglas S
Toronto, Canada
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

I've been in museums all over the world but there's nothing quite like this. I never knew there are 1.500 different kinds of hammer. The museum is in a small house. A $5 entrance fee for adult is a reasonable price. This is ran by volunteers from the local city of Haines. Although there is free public transportation, we decided... More 

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Thank dra_rica
Haines, AK
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22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

I live in Haines and have been in the tour business in the past, and I can tell you that everyone who visits the Hammer Museum is always delighted. It is amazing the variety of hammers there are in the world, from the stereotypical hammer, to circus and drink hammers. And if you're lucky enough to have the brains behind... More 

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Thank MsNelle
La Mesa, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Hammers, hammer and more hammers. The quirky, the odd and patents galore. I took this tour because it was more a donation and to kill a bit of time. But I came away thoroughly happy that I toured this museum of hammers. Please visit and take the time to listen to the tour and read about old, weird and quirky... More 

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Thank John R C
upstate New York
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62 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

this little museum was on our list of things to do while in Haines and thankfully we found out early it is only open during the week. It has more hammers that anyone can imagine, or that you would even think of! Walking through & looking at every nook and cranny filled with hammers only takes an hour or 2... More 

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Thank bikerhiker08
Russell, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

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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Thank Harold B
San Francisco, California
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76 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

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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Thank MLF360
Roseburg, Oregon
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21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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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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Thank Laurie B
Jordan, New York
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48 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 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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Thank RoseZ1963
Port of Los Angeles, CA
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119 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 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 

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