319 2nd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
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Daily 9am-5pm Hours May Vary Seasonally
When gold was discovered in the Yukon Territory in 1897, thousands of people flocked to Seattle to outfit their expeditions to the north. The exhibits here detail this phenomenon, as well as the conditions, hardships, and successes in the quest for gold. Uniformed rangers guide visitors through informative displays and recount stories full of both fact and folklore. During the summer months, they offer gold panning demonstrations and historic walking tours of Pioneer Square. When miners first discovered gold in the Klondike, cities across the west lured would-be prospectors with advertisements touting their position as a jumping off point to the gold fields. Seattle was no different, its ad proclaiming the city was the "only place" to be properly outfitted. It worked, as tens of thousands flocked here to purchase pans and pick-axes.