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Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

319 Second Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104 (Downtown)
206-220-4240
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Ranked #26 of 212 Attractions in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Parks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This national park is really a free museum that documents Seattle history, from the fire that burned it down to the gold rush that helped build it up.... more » Owner description: This national park is really a free museum that documents Seattle history, from the fire that burned it down to the gold rush that helped build it up. « less
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Lynnwood, WA
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122 reviews 122 reviews
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

You might be surprised to learn that there is a National Historic Park in the heart of downtown Seattle; I sure was, and I've lived here my entire life. The "park" is situated in an historic Seattle building, the former Cadillac Hotel, one of several turn-of-the-century buildings from a time when Seattle was under the spell of the Klondike Gold... More

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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This is one of the hidden gem's of Seattle. This is a national park right in Pioneer Square. If you like history, you will have a wonderful time learning about the Klondike gold rush and Seattle's part in it. This is one of the best bargains in town and a must do!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This was a total surprise to find in Seattle! This branch of the National Park focuses on Seattle's role in the gold rush. Films, interactive exhibits, and displays expose visitors to the effects of the Klondike Gold Rush on Alaska, Seattle, and the United States. It's ABSOLUTELY worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Had a blast. Very informative and gave me a better understanding of what life was like during the 1880's. I know want gold and lot's of it. It also had a memorial to Japanese Americans during ww2.

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Ghent, Belgium
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63 reviews 63 reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

A must do. In one hour you learn and see in a very nice way the gold rush to Klondike. The building is also situated in the nice neighbourhood of Pioneer Square: spend there some time.

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Seattle, Washington
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16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I had heard from a tour guide on another tour of Seattle that the Klondike Gold Rush Park does free walking tours of Pioneer Square from June-August. That was the lure that got me to the museum. I was surprised by how well-done the museum was and how much you could dictate how you wanted to engage with the displays... More

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

While on vacation in Seattle, we had some extra time to spare, so we decided to walk over to this museum. It's not exactly the most interesting subject to me, but the museum is nicely designed, and the interactive aspects of it are great. The best part is that it's free, and they actually have a great gift store! Lots... More

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Penticton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This was a very good small museum explaining the gold rush along with the part Seattle played during it. The best part of all is it was free!!

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NH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Even though this is a small museum there is a lot of interesting information here. Unfortunately, we got there 25 minutes before closing, so we didn't have as much time as we would have liked to look around. Our kids thought it was cool too. I'd recommend at least an hour to do it justice. Fascinating history!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This was a very good museum to get the overall picture of the Gold Rush. The displays and stories told were very well done. In fact the stories and pictures were so good that you came away with a real sorrow for the people and the times. The fact that the building that the museum were was saved from being... More

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