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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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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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Can't beat the price for this gem!

So glad we finally got to this place. It's a free museum, with lots to look at and a great movie in the back outlining the Gold Rush. It was a good balance of learning styles, for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

So glad we finally got to this place. It's a free museum, with lots to look at and a great movie in the back outlining the Gold Rush. It was a good balance of learning styles, for both the reader and the visual learner in my family. I would highly recommend this museum in your visit to Seattle. Pair it... More 

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Valparaiso, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This park is inside a storefront. There are many exhibits with information to read about the settling of the Pacific northwest. The movie is very informative.

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Collinsville, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We love national parks and were surprised to see one on the map in downtown Seattle. The day we were there they were having a big event with sled dogs, panning for gold, and give aways. The "national park" is pretty much just a building, but it has a lot of history and is well worth the short time it... More 

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Banff, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I grew up just over the border - the Klondike Gold Rush is an important historical event for Seattle of course, but also Victoria, BC and Edmonton, AB. Seattle is the star attraction here and this National Historic Site near Pioneer Square (the actual birthplace of Seattle) is superbly located. The quality of the displays and their interpretive value are... More 

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Layton, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went here to kill a little time but got totally absorbed in the gold rush history. A must see especially for the kids. The rangers have little passports for the kids to find information and they have a blast. Even fun for the adults to.

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Good exhibits and films explaining Seattle's role in the Gold Rush to the Yukon - with lots of interactive fun for kids. The artifacts and touch screens add a lot to the texts provided, especially as you follow individual stories through the museum.

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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A great museum telling the story of the Klondike Gold Rush. Fully wheelchair accessible and very educational

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This small museum run by the National Parks Service presents a fascinating history of the Klondike gold rush. By clever marketing, Seattle advertised itself as the gateway to the Klondike and most of the adventurers heading north passed through Seattle. The museum is very well organized with interesting displays and a clear description of the events. The focus on a... More 

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Boerne, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is in the Pioneer Square area of downtown Seattle. It is FREE! Lots of exhibits, a movie and some live demonstrations. My daughter and I earned our Jr. Ranger Badges (ask at the desk - there is no age limit!)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Run by national parks service so a free museum, this gives a comprehensive and interesting exhibition of the gold rush and the part played by Seattle as a key port by entrepreneurs.

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