If you want to know a little more about Seattle and its history, the role of the city during the history of the Gold Rush, then a stop here is a must.

This museum on two levels, is free. It’s located in Seattle’s oldest neighborhood: Pioneer Square, a neighborhood of bars and debauchery at the time of the gold rush. It’s housed in the Cadillac Hotel built in 1889. The building served as a supply and staging point during the gold rush. It is operated by the National Park Service.

The search for gold was carried out in the Yukon Territory in Canada. To get there, there were 4 stopover areas: three in Skagway, Alaska, and a fourth located in the Historic Pioneer Square district of Seattle.

The museography is very well done, with rangers at the entrance, to welcome you, and are always ready to answer your questions. We learn a lot about people who participated or who played a role in this incredible epic that lasted only two years (1898-1899.)

What do you see?

Newspapers, groceries and in the basement, huts in the camps, equipment, clothes, photos and objects that are witnesses to the era. . . Everything is done to put us back in context.

The lives of the people who made history are very interesting; the Nordstrom family for example, or the women who linked their lives to the gold rush.

Huge posters of the mountain with the researchers in single file with their feet in the snow let us imagine what those who took part in the adventure experienced.

The 20-minute video is a must-see (subtitled in English); you will learn as much about the history of the Gold Rush as you will about the history of Seattle.

Klondike Gold Rush Museum

Translated by Anchi of atmflorist.wixsite.com/anchitanmiller