Klondyke Gold Rush National Park Seattle

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Klondyke Gold Rush National Park – Gold!

Did you know that Seattle played an important part in the Klondyke Gold Rush at the turn of the 19th century? There’s an excellent little FREE museum in downtown Seattle that will satisfy any history buff-tendencies you might have: The Klondyke Gold Rush National Park (KGRNP) – a real gem that many local Seattleites don’t even know exists! Labelled a national park, it’s actually a museum, set in the former Cadillac Hotel built after the devastating fire in 1889 that destroyed the budding city’s commercial district.
The KGRNP offers an exceptional glimpse of a time when anyone with about $600 ($20,000 in today’s dollars) could dream of travelling to the Yukon Territory in northwestern Canada, strike a claim, mine the gold and strike it rich. Unfortunately, for many their dream of riches was just a dream, as most “Stampeders” came back broke, but with vivid memories of the wild adventure.
The park/museum tells the story of the Gold Rush through excellent interactive displays, photographs, a movie theatre showing original footage from the turn of the 20th century & original testimonial-like descriptions of some of those who participated. Offering educational programs and ranger-guided activities designed to give learners of all ages the opportunity to discover and explore the gold rush, it’s an excellent place to take the kids. A great book- and gift store will give you some great souvenir options other than the ubiquitous snow globe with a plastic Space Needle.
Nearby you’ll find the UPS Waterfall Garden Park and the historic Pioneer Place neighborhood.

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Details about this spot



319 2nd Avenue South, Seattle

Opening Times

10:00 - 17:00 daily




Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)