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Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

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Address: 319 Second Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104
Phone Number: 206-220-4240
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Description: This national park is really a free museum that documents Seattle history...
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.
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This is a small National Park site, all encompassed within one building. It is worth it though, it is packed with fun interactive displays and is full of history relating to the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Scarborough, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This is a small National Park site, all encompassed within one building. It is worth it though, it is packed with fun interactive displays and is full of history relating to the gold rush. For those cruising out of Seattle to Alaska, specifically going to Skagway , this is a great intro as the park continues there. Don't miss this... More 

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Snoqualmie, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

this is so well hidden that it must be one of the most overlooked sights in seattle. Extremely well done exhibits with tons of info in a beautifully restored old building. Kids will like it even if they are not into museums. It was free when we went.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Many people associate the term "National Park" with vast acres of forest or other aspects of nature. Though this park in the Pioneer Square area of Seattle is under the National Park Service, its focus is on history. And what a history it is -- the Klondike gold rush that started in July 1897. This changed the face of Seattle... More 

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Brandon, Mississippi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

FREE! and close to several other attractions and restaurants. The video and presentations were well done and informative.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Delightful gem in the heart of Pioneer Square where it all started for Seattle. Don't miss this piece of Seattle history. Informative, interactive and fun. Stroll through Pioneer Square when you are done-dine shop and people watch in the birthplace of Seattle.

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Newton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

This free museum has well-constructed exhibits that tell the fascinating story of the short-lived Klondike Gold Rush. A 20-minute video presentation adds more information with reconstructed scenes of what it was like for the participants.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We didn't know much of the Seattle history nor this particular Gold Rush but it was very informative, with nice displays ( both reading & interactive) They also play 2 x 20 min movies in their theatre. I enjoyed watching both. It displays some stories of certain characters which is very interesting. I knew the department store "Nordstorm" was founded... More 

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Roydon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Located in the Pioneer Square area of Seattle, this is a fascinating museum which explains in an interesting way the Klondike Gold Rush and thereby the development of Seattle and Alaska. Full of photographs, memorabilia, newspaper cuttings and with the benefit of an interesting film presentation - this is a museum which ought to on every travellers "to do" list.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

This is a tiny museum--two floors the size of a small house--that traces Seattle's gold rush history. It is close to major attractions and near Pioneer Square so worth dropping by. The best thing about this museum is that it is free.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The historical films is worth the time to watch very well done and went into details about the trek to Alaska that the movies leave out. Free admission but good museum for families with even small children. An hour will let you see all the exhibits and take in a live demonstration, such as panning for gold or a film.

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