Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Seattle

4.6
#6 of 62 in Parks in Seattle
Learn about one of the last great prospecting adventures at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. The Cadillac Hotel is your first stop on the trail. This site was once the initial supply point for prospectors headed to the Yukon. Explore the temporary exhibits and pick up a map of the original Chilkoot Trail that settlers used to reach the wild lands where they hoped to strike it rich. This is the only international historical park shared by Canada and the United States, as the park extends up to Alaska. The park includes historical settler towns and Dawson City. A visit to Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Seattle trip maker site to plot your vacation.
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  • this is a great location to learn about Seattle history during the Alaska Klondike Gold Rush the museum is conveniently located downtown near king street Amtrak station the park rangers are very knowl...  more »
  • This was a very pleasant surprise. First of all, it’s for free which is always pleasant. The museum gives great info on the history of Seattle, the important part the gold rush played for the city and...  more »
  • If you have time to visit the Pioneer Square area, please don't miss the Klondike Gold Rush museum. It is actually an historic park museum and is free. The movie, the exhibits, the displays, the staff...  more »
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  • Saw postings about this place online and was interested that the museum was free. The location was easy to find and had a lot of cool tourist attractions surrounding it. I wish that they could play the Introduction video at the very start of each self-guided tour, because it would have been very helpful. Unfortunately, when I arrived, the video wasn’t playing for another half hour, so I decided to walk around on my own. The information is interesting; however, the layout of the building and the order of information is confusing. I was never sure which way I was supposed to go and if I was reading the right signs. The other thing is that there is SO MUCH TEXT. I wish there were more variety in how the information was presented, like more videos or audio recordings. Definitely worth a visit (mostly because it’s free), but WATCH THE VIDEO FIRST.
  • Super interesting local history museum. Totally free and easy to get to if you're local (and not too far away if you're not). Has two levels and can be gone through in about an hour. And yes, it IS a national park. Cross it off your list.
  • Great place to spend 45 minutes to an hour. The gold Rush had a huge impact on Seattle's early development. Nice displays. Great place to get out of the rain for a few minutes and learn something new. Also, I highly recommend the walking tour of Pioneer Square.
  • This is a great museum and it costs you nothing. It is the best and largest free museum I have been too. There is lots about the gold rush here. The staff is very nice and they also have free tours. There are lots of cool artifacts and things here that show lots about the gold rush, like gold sifting tools and other tools. I really recommend it you should come here for a free fun afternoon.
  • Nice informative layout of the timeline. I liked that you could follow the fates of 5 people throughout their journey during the gold rush. Very nice historical museum that is completely free and includes documentaries shown fairly often
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