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Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

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Address: 319 Second Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104
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+1 206-220-4240
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
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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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Free museum in Seattle!

Brought our son here on President's Day because he hadn't collected the Junior Ranger Badge from this NHP. The museum is free and bigger than I thought it would be. Lot of reading... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Brought our son here on President's Day because he hadn't collected the Junior Ranger Badge from this NHP. The museum is free and bigger than I thought it would be. Lot of reading to do and it takes a little over an hour to go through everything. Fun for a rainy day activity as long as you can find parking... More 

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Sweetgrass, Montana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Museum is fairly typical for a National Historical Park museum- other than the fact that it is entirely indoors in downtown Seattle. But this one is completely free. I think the video was the most interesting part (it's probably 15 to 20 minutes) and depicts life in the area before, during and shortly after the Klondike Gold Rush. There are... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We won't have gone here, but someone recommended it - and it was FREE. Great display with a lot of historical information about life during the Gold Rush. You won't believe what those people went through. While young children may not be as interested as adults, they do have a Junior Ranger Program. Check out their website.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stumbled upon this museum while walking around downtown Seattle, and decided to pop in and escape the heat. It turned out to be really interesting! There are many interactive and 3-D exhibits that draw you in and interest you in the Gold Rush no matter what age you are. There were senior citizens next to school groups next to... More 

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Norman, OK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a free National Park exhibit describing how the Klondike Gold Rush made Seattle a real city. There is an excellent film about the gold rush before you see the exhibit, and the thousands of folks that came through Seattle to reach Alaska. This is a good place to start your time around the historic Pioneer Square. If you... More 

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Westerville, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a small museum in the historic district of Pioneer Square that is a national park site. It is free to visit. Make sure you see the movie first then all the displays make more sense as you walk thru the museum. This museum does an excellent job explaining the important role that the city of Seattle played in... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an interactive display of Seattle history, showing the stories of various people's lives during the Gold Rush and the growth of Seattle. Entry is free and it is open most days. It is a "gold mine!"

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

We came across this museum by accident and thoroughly enjoyed our time there. Definitely a place to visit when in Seattle

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Burbank, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

We stopped into this attraction because we were cold and ended up enjoying our visit immensely. The story of the Klondike Gold Rushers is fascinating and this is a really well curated museum. Add it to your "must" list!

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

A wonderful Park Service museum. Definitely go if you are about to leave on an Alaska cruise, or if you have time before or after an Amtrak trip (it is right by the downtown Seattle station). It is a small museum but really high quality. Interesting for both Alaska and Seattle history.

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