Dolly's House Museum
Dolly's House Museum
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  • Anzacbiscuit08
    Queensland, Australia216 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique look back in time
    We really enjoyed our visit last week. The brief and amusing oral history at the start of our self guided tour was just enough information to know what we were looking at as we walked through Dollys House at our leisure. The repurposed use of the roses on the top of the shower curtain, will be a fond memory of our visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 30, 2023
  • FlickFanatic
    Saint Louis, Missouri84 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A stroll through Ketchikan's red light district history
    Ketchikan's famous Creek Street features one of the oldest buildings that is a formal brothel turned museum called Dolly's House! It's like stepping back into the past walking around Dolly's house. Dolly was the owner and Madam taking care of the fishermen and gold panniers in Ketchikan. It is a sight to see
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 24, 2023
  • amanda5805
    Duncan, Canada6,873 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old Red Light District. Lots of history.
    We had been here before but really enjoy seeing this museum while in town. She bought the house in 1919 and was still living there until the early '70s. The left the house and some of her belongings to the City to make the museum. The hostess gives you a really good short story of Dolly's life before you wonder around by yourself. There is a lot to look at.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 30, 2023
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Anzacbiscuit08
Queensland, Australia216 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
We really enjoyed our visit last week. The brief and amusing oral history at the start of our self guided tour was just enough information to know what we were looking at as we walked through Dollys House at our leisure. The repurposed use of the roses on the top of the shower curtain, will be a fond memory of our visit.
Written May 30, 2023
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Jack
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
The day that we went was from a cruise ship and it rained all day. I wish it didn't as it seemed like it might be a decent town to explore. We did catch the show with the lumberjacks which was fun to watch. We did go to a restaurant although I do forget the name but the prices for food for lunch were ridiculous. I live in a major Metropolitan City and the prices were almost double here. Make sure you bring your AMEX card LOL. Finally do check out Dune jewelry as they offer some wonderful and beautiful pieces of jewelry made with sand.
Written September 13, 2022
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FlickFanatic
Saint Louis, MO84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
Ketchikan's famous Creek Street features one of the oldest buildings that is a formal brothel turned museum called Dolly's House! It's like stepping back into the past walking around Dolly's house. Dolly was the owner and Madam taking care of the fishermen and gold panniers in Ketchikan. It is a sight to see
Written June 24, 2023
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Amy R
Houston, TX405 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
No trip here is complete without a visit to Dolly’s house. Truly takes you back in time. The tour is self paced as they do give you an overview at the beginning and TVs throughout speaking about Dolly. Others may feel different about this place, but no matter how you feel you cannot deny that Dolly was an amazing business women.
Written September 22, 2021
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amanda5805
Duncan, Canada6,873 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We had been here before but really enjoy seeing this museum while in town. She bought the house in 1919 and was still living there until the early '70s. The left the house and some of her belongings to the City to make the museum. The hostess gives you a really good short story of Dolly's life before you wonder around by yourself. There is a lot to look at.
Written August 30, 2023
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Carla M
Anchorage, AK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Dolly was determined to take care of herself and not rely on a husband. She found her niche and made money. Hey, why not? lol TIP: Cash only for admittance and save some tip money for the ladies that work there educating you. Most shops (including this one) close after the cruise ships leave for the day.
Written July 22, 2022
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Doug L
Durango, CO7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
I was impressed by the hard things Dolly faced in her life and the ability she had to keep moving. It brought a tear to my eye to learn she was molested by her set father as a young teen and ran away to find safety.
Then in the upstairs room was intrigued by the old vibrator on display. I guess women had needs back then too.
Interesting to learn of how she would smuggle good boos in during proabition.
Written July 13, 2022
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James P
Haverhill, MA48 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
I was walking by the famous Dolly house when I stopped to snap a picture of a saying they had on the side of the house. A female worker who was standing outside informed me that they have that same saying on a T-shirt in the house. Just as I was walking up the few stairs, a gentleman attempted to take a picture of the woman who was dressed in costume. The woman cheerfully stated she charges for pictures to be taken of her. So, be ready for a charge.
Once in the house, I purchased a T-shirt, but got caught up in the hype and agreed to tour the home for the set price of 10.00. The tour was quick, the house was nothing to brag about, although there were areas that showed where Dolly hid the booze during prohibition. Overall, if one decides to pass on the house that person is not missing out on anything. If the price was lower, like 5.00 or under, by all means. However, the entrance fee of 10.00 was not worth it.
Written July 11, 2017
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judentom
Sydney, Australia31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Family
Dollys House the first brothel in Ketchikan. What a fascinating place. Everything is as it was left when she left it to the city as a museum. Definitely worth a visit. We booked. Saxman Village tour which included the Totem Poles, wildlife viewing as well as entry to Dollys when we got off the ship in Ketchikan. We were glad we hadn't spent $160 which was the cost of the ships tour. We paid $50 each on the dock for a two hour tour with a very knowledgeable guide Ray. Be prepared for rain and wind I this town and you'll have a good time.
Written September 20, 2014
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HauntJauntsGrl
Nashville, Tennessee, United States1,345 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Couples
This was our second visit to Ketchikan. We didn't tour Dolly's house the first time, but I'd wanted to. My husband had some business to attend to so I had a couple hours alone when we reached Ketchikan. I knew just how I was going to spend them, and part of it involved taking the tour of Dolly's house!

The house itself is very unassuming. It's loaded with artifacts of the time, which are interesting, but it's really Dolly's story that's most interesting. She was a diabetic most of her life, yet lived (and worked...as a lady of the evening!) for the majority of her life! (She worked into like her 70s!!!!)

The hostesses were a hoot. They're saucy and bawdy and really bring the spirit of the house and Creek Street's colorful past alive. AND it's okay to take video and pictures inside! They made sure to tell us about the flowers adorning the shower curtain in the upstairs bathroom. (They weren't useful to Dolly in the bedroom but she didn't let them go to waste!) And they also told about the device used for hysterical women back in the day which bears little resemblance to a modern day counterpart many women use in the privacy of their own home. (As one of them said conspiratorially to me about the historic device, "I don't know about you, but if someone came at me with that thing, if I wasn't a hysterical woman I would be!") It's kept in the case at the foot of Dolly's bed.

Had to ask about the ghost, though. A long time ago I saw something on some TV show about Dolly's house being haunted. The hostesses said they had to give their official answer that, "No, there are no ghosts at Dolly's house." However, they did tell me people have reported things in the kitchen and on the stairs.

I didn't see any ghosts, but definitely enjoyed the spirit of the house. Glad I took the tour. Also bought the book they had for sale, Soiled Doves, and devoured it. Wasn't about Dolly, but about ladies like her. Fascinating!
Written January 19, 2014
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