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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 #29 of 215 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, Washington
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210 reviews 210 reviews
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167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The Klondike Gold Rush NHP is a nice little museum in Pioneer Square that does a great job of telling the gold rush story. Both on the Seattle side and the Alaska side. There is no cost to see the interesting exhibits of what people back then had to go through if they really wanted to strike it rich. There... More

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Victoria, Canada
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15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Really enjoyed the outstanding (and free!) Klondike Gold Rush Museum. A really good historical exhibit. It was very interesting to follow one, or more, of the five people who went to the Klondike. My daughter enjoyed this too.

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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

What a great little free museum to visit. If you want to learn about the gold rush (I definitely recommend doing so) then this is well worth your time. What I liked was that the museum isn't so big that you are overloaded with information. They also have the option of watching some videos about the rush that are really... More

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Durham, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Happened upon this museum by chance, but what fascinating way to spend an hour or so. Most interesting exhibits presented well, particularly liked the 5 life story themes that ran through the various time frames - well worth a visit

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Tempe, AZ
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Small museum with nice exhibits about the Klondike Gold Rush. Free. High quality exhibits and worth a stop if you are nearby. Allow 1-2 hours.

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

This isn't a huge museum but is very interesting and just off Pioneer Square. It tells the story of the gold rush very well - if you are in the area it's well worth a stop and will only take, probably, an hour for a reasonable visit.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This "park" is more of a museum in a building. Everything you want to know about the Gold Rush. I really like how it is easy to follow, the flow of the museum was well thought out because I could choose from a handful of historic individuals and follow their journey up through Alaska. They did a good job on... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

Don't be confused by the name of this attraction. This "park" is a small indoor museum about the 1897 Klondike Gold Rush and Seattle's role as the starting point for the gold stampedes. The museum is decorated with mostly-replica gold-mining supplies and period-style wooden structures. One annoying thing is that recordings of gold-mining activity sounds (pick axes, saws, etc.) play... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I really enjoyed the twenty minute museum video. Its a fun interactive museum. They have a scale that uses your weight x the market price of gold to calculate your weight in "gold."

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Manitowoc, Wisconsin
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We had been to the other half of this museum in Skagway, Alaska, and thoroughly enjoyed this one. If you're planning on going to both, do the Seattle one first as it would greatly enhance your experience in Alaska. There were lots of interactive displays and historical information on the Gold Rush and Seattle.

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