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Hammer Museum

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Address: 108 Main St., Haines, AK 99827
Phone Number: 907-766-2374
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Museum owner Dave Pahl has built a collection of more than 1,000 hammers...

Museum owner Dave Pahl has built a collection of more than 1,000 hammers over a few decades of construction work.

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You Know You Have to Go! What is More Fun Than a Box Full of Hammers?

Like the world's largest ball of yarn the hammer museum is a must-see. Thousands of hammers from pre-history through to the present. Most are 18-19th century creations with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Seattle, WA
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Seattle, WA
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Like the world's largest ball of yarn the hammer museum is a must-see. Thousands of hammers from pre-history through to the present. Most are 18-19th century creations with ingenious uses. Things you'd never thought about needing a hammer for. A bung hammer, a gate latch hammer so fox hunters don't need to dismount to open the gate, and so on.... More 

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Whitehorse, Canada
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was our second visit to the Hammer Museum and the second time we've enjoyed ourselves. If you think a visit to a museum devoted solely to a tool isn't worth five bucks, think again.

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Buffalo, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While 4 to 5 ships sail into Skagway each day, Haines gets only 1 or 2 a week. There is a free trolley service running constantly. For $16 you can buy an admission ticket for all 3 local attractions. The first is the Hammer Museum. It is easily spotted by a large Hammer standing out front. Inside are several rooms... More 

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Austin
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54 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are Haines you have to go --- it's actually very interesting and well organized. Tour will take less than 30 minutes.

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The_Hammer_Museum, Manager at Hammer Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by! More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Who knew that there are so many variants and uses of the hammer? This is a quirky, interesting and comprehensive museum. It has a very large collection in a small space -- you can glance over it or you can spend time to look in more detail and find some interesting hems, like a hammer-shaped piece of wood that was... More 

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The_Hammer_Museum, Manager at Hammer Museum, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed the collections! More 

Cobden, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

To say this museum is unique (there's only one other place in the world dedicated to hammers, apparently in Lithuania) about says it all. The cramped space is swamped with almost 2,000 hammers (from a total collection of 8,000) of every type imaginable, from circus sledgehammers to legal gavels, backed up by original patent documents. It's all fascinating if you... More 

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The_Hammer_Museum, Manager at Hammer Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by! We appreciate the feedback as well! More 

Skagway, Alaska
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52 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you've ever driven a nail, you need to see this place. old hammers, very old hammers, weird hammers, specialty hammers...this place has it all and the price is right.

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The_Hammer_Museum, Manager at Hammer Museum, responded to this review
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Glad you got to experience our collection! More 

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4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Bought the ticket that includes three museums. Nice collection. Me, I loved it, but again I like tools. They had a nice collection and they had a intern there (who just graduated with a degree in Museum Management, who was eager to answer questions about any exhibit. Best hammer was one that was given to them by "Tool Time's Tim... More 

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The_Hammer_Museum, Manager at Hammer Museum, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed the museum and that one of our interns made your visit more enjoyable! More 

new orleans
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18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I forgot all the things hammers could and have been used for...from Almond knocking to speakeasy clapping. I got lost in time and fascination. A bit steep at $5....but I could have spent hours there. Am I a hammer geek? I loved the "guess what these hammers do?" display

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The_Hammer_Museum, Manager at Hammer Museum, responded to this review

Glad you were able to visit and enjoy our wide variety of hammers! More 

Anchorage, Alaska
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43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great little museum. I've been to it twice, now, and am amazed at all kinds of hammers it features: ice hammers (even those that airlines once used to break ice for drinks), souvenir glass hammers, ancient hammers, musical hammers, and the widest assortment of hammers and mallets for all kinds of work, past and present. Ever seen... More 

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The_Hammer_Museum, Manager at Hammer Museum, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed our extensive collection! Make sure to come back for a third time! More 

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