• Artist rendering of Pioneer Square during Klondike Gold Rush

    Klondike Gold Rush - Seattle Unit

    National Historical Park Washington

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  • Closed May 1

    Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park will be closing early May 1, 2014. The visitor center will be closed from 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm and will not be opened for First Thursday evening activities.

Things To Do

Throughout the Winter season from September 2013 - mid-June 2014, no ranger programs are offered. Movies are shown on request.

Our 2014 summer activity program schedule begins mid-June - Labor Day 2014.

Interpretive programs offered:

Ranger led demonstrations, at 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM each day exploring the various mining techniques employed during the Klondike Gold Rush.

On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, the Trail to Treasure, is a free 60 to 90 minute long walking tour of the Pioneer Square Historical District, visits some of the area's historic building. This tour begins at the park's Visitor Center front desk and ends at the Smith Tower.

Movies about the Klondike Gold Rush are shown throughout the day, on the hour and half hour starting at 9:30 AM. The last showing of the day starts at 4:30 PM. Most movies last about 25 minutes and are repeated often.

All programs offered are free on a first-come basis. No reservations are needed or taken. Presentations will depend on staffing and facility availability.


The Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Visitor Center offers visitors a chance to step back in time and journey to the Yukon gold fields of Canada as thousands did in 1897 and 1898. Interactive exhibits highlight Seattle's role in this international event. Touch screen computers allow visitors to experience the gold rush through the eyes of actual stampeders by referring to their journals and personal accounts.

The park is free and presently open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Between September 2013 and mid-June 2014 there are no scheduled visitor programs. Films are shown upon request.

Another interpretive programs offered is Pioneer Square Historic District First Thursdays are two of these types of program whose subject changes monthly. Please consult the schedule of events for upcoming programs and details.


Programs for organized educational groups are offered September through mid-June. Advanced reservations are required and as of late-April 2014 very few openings exist for May and June 2014. To make a reservation or for more information on the park's educational programs, call 206-220-4240.

Did You Know?

Did You Know? Miners remove gold from sluice box.

Klondike Gold Rush discoveries totaled about 20% of what was found during the California Gold Rush of 1849.