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“An Interesting Obsession But Not Fascinating.”
Review of Hammer Museum

Hammer Museum
Ranked #9 of 39 things to do in Haines
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Museum owner Dave Pahl has built a collection of more than 1,000 hammers over a few decades of construction work.
Reviewed 6 September 2013

I have heard for years about the hammer museum so we had to go explore it. I found it interesting that someone would collect hammers and in such large quantity and variety but since I don't share his passion for hammers I was not fascinated but it was interesting. The docents were interns and were knowledgeable and upbeat.

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Reviewed 26 August 2013

The Hammer Museum was a real surprise! Who knew there were so many kinds of hammers? It's a small place, so it doesn't take long to see, but it is chock full of hammers! There is a self guided sheet that helps you make your way around the museum, and the two young interns working there pointed out their favorites: they made the hammer pendulum in the front run for us, and pointed out the "novelty" hammers. Really quirky but really interesting and fun. This is a must see in Haines (recommended things to see in Haines: Kroschel Film Center, lunch at the Bamboo Room, The Hammer Museum, and then drive out to Chilkoot Lake around 6pm to see the bear that comes out to eat salmon).

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Reviewed 18 August 2013

1,500 hammers of various types and uses are arranged in about 15 displays. Self-guided tour, with an explanation sheet, can be completed in about an hour. Collection spans more than 2,000 years of hammers, though many are from creative inventors in the early 20th century. There also is a fun "scavenger hunt" sheet if you wish a bit of a challenge. Note: No touching. Some of the hammers actually are delicate.

Thank Arthur W
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

This place was so interesting, wish we had more time to look around the museum. Being on a cruise shop and having taken the ferry to and back from Skagway, had little time to look around Haines. Fortunately, we knew of the museum so that was the only place in Haines we had time to see. Thank you to the owners for staying open long enough for us to visit, it was greatly appreciated.

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Reviewed 6 August 2013

If you ever use a hammer you will be surprised how many other uses there are, and how many hammers there are for each purpose.

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