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Hammer Museum

108 Main St., Haines, AK 99827
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Ranked #7 of 11 Attractions in Haines
Type: Specialty Museums
Description: 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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Houston, Texas
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102 reviews 102 reviews
15 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

What great little museum if you have any interest in tools. With over 2000 hammers on display, you will surely find one that you must have for your tool box. For some reason my wife wasn't that excited about it.

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Huntington, New York
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

An amazing display of hammers of all varieties. Even a couple of creations made of you guessed it hammer. Friendly curator.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

A real gem, one of those unique museums that you would never know was there. Recommended by both a bus driver in Anchorage and the local Haines tour guide, $5 admission was a bargain.

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Wasington State
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Well, no false advertising here...it's a collection of hammers. It struck us as someone's personal collection striving to be historically significant. Without the staff to tell stories about the collection, the museum would not really stand as a museum--rather more of a collection of hammers. We stayed about 15 minutes before a cruise ship group came in and dominated the... More

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58 reviews 58 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

You don't have to love hammers to go here, but in interest in tools is helpful. They have all sorts if hammers that were used in many different ways from home to beauty and more.

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Washington, DC
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319 reviews 319 reviews
71 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Nothing like sharing an obsession with the world, especially when it is so well done. Who imagined that there were so many different hammers? They are beautifully displayed and explained. Kids will love this place as much as you will. It's just a couple of rooms, but it is worth 45 minutes or so. Great docents too.

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Old Greenwich, Connecticut
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Look at it this way. Anyone who is nuts about hammers enough to amass a collection of hammers you know and have not heard of deserves the attention of the visitor to Haines. Heck, it is right downtown and you have no idea how little you really know about the kinds of hammers there are in this world until you... More

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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

There is a story to tell here and you need to meet the owner to get the whole tale. This is one of the most unique and unusual museums you will ever see. The admission is minimal and the historical value is fascinating. Hammers...more than you can imagine. Well worth the time and effort to stop in this little community... More

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45 reviews 45 reviews
10 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

So many different types of hammers to see and would be great for any handyman to see all of the different types of hammers available. Love the story about the owner rescuing a dog.

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Annapolis, Maryland
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Who would think you could make a whole museum with just hammers but the folks in Haines managed to do just that. Very interesting. Highly recommend a visit.

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