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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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New York City, New York
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

For what it is, the Klondike Gold Rush museum was a nice museum to explore for about an hour. The admission is free so going there for an hour is not a large cost. The museum has two really good 25 minute movies that explain the gold rush and Seattle's connection to it really well. There is a lot of... More

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Kent UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Free museum regarding the gold rush era. Informative but quite small. Lots to read about and look at.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This is a wonderful free museum that gives you a good outline of the gold rush experience. You can choose a character to follow throughout the gold rush. Don't miss the movies.

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Cusco Region, Peru
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20 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

A museum that is worth visiting but located in a "bad area" near Pioneer Square. It has lots of information for the Gold Rush period but could have more artifacts and photos. Friendly hosts and a nice small shop.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

There are good, informative displays. One gets a good sense of the gold rush. The documentaries are interesting - if dated. Actually the one that I saw was from the 70s and worth watching just for the style etc. It might be interesting to combine visiting this historical park with going on the Underground Tour.

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Long Beach, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This small "national park" was fascinating. If you (with or without kids) like interactive exhibits, you will have fun here and probably learn a lot, even without trying. If you like to read the small print, it's all here. If you lean towards pictures or manipulatives or people stories-- it's all here, too. I didn't hear anyone who sounded bored--... More

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

If you like history stop in. The exhibits are well thought out, informative, and I found interesting. A movie about Seattle's part in The Alaskan Gold Rush plays every hour. The attendants were friendly and informative. Kids will like the museum too.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Good movie and exhibits. Staff was knowledgeable and friendly. We also took the walk around town which I believe happens every Friday at 2 pm. Enjoyed the whole experience and would recommend to anyone who loves history. Good stuff. And it's free!

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Noblesville, Indiana
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This was very informative and interesting to a point. A lot of reading is involved and I think by this point of our day (late afternoon), I just wasn't in the mood to read boards for about an hour. We browsed and maybe spent a total of 20 minutes here.

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Benicia, CA
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151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Okay, don't get me wrong. This is a nice museum and worth your time for a visit. You'll definitely learn something and there's a great exhibit about measuring your weight in gold. Your kids will enjoy themselves. I have to say that a giant PLUS to this museum was the wonderfully clean bathrooms! Touring around Pioneer Square in warm weather... More

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