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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 #27 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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Arlington, Virginia
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157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW 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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27 helpful votes 27 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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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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Southern NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of our visit to the Klondike Gold Rush National Park and spent almost 3 hours there. The interactive displays, the gold panning demonstration, the enthusiastic staff members, the 20 minute movie--all top-notch. We got a real sense of what life was like for a variety of individuals in different walks of life through the displays.... More

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Vancouver, Washington
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

If you want to know all about the gold rush to Alaska, this is the place to come. Very informative staff, interesting 20 minute movie, and numerous interactive displays throughout the building. Fun thing to do with the kids.

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Newmarket, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Some interactive displays, great information on plaques and i-pads, and they also had a few different films that one could request in their small "movie theater". Also, when we traveled from Seattle to Portland, Oregon on the Amtrak Coastal Starlight train, there was a ranger from this Park that gave a narration of all the sights we passed - which... More

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 via mobile

An oasis. Welcoming reception. Interesting exhibits and informative, not to be missed videos, of the gold rush and some of the stories of the individuals involved.

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Dallas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This would have been fun, but we got there at about 4:30 and it closed at 5. It is free, but of course, it is downtown so you have to pay for parking and you will have to walk a couple blocks. This tells all about several people who struck it rich with Gold. It tells the life stories of... More

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Schenectady, New York
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I personally love history, so this national historic site hidden in Seattle was right up my alley. Admission is free and it is open almost every day of the year. It is located inside a nice restored building in Pioneer Square. You can easily spend an hour or so in here checking out all the exhibits and immersing yourself into... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

There is free admission to this museum which is why everyone should make an effort to visit it. It offers such an interesting history of the Klondike Gold Rush and the placards and exhibits capture the imagination of the visitor. Visiting the museum is like walking through a time in history and is a great way to spend a couple... More

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