Under the Midnight Sun at the Klondike Gold Rush Museum in Seattle

The Gold Rush of 1897 was an event which rocketed Seattle out of an economic depression because the city advertised itself as the launch point to the Yukon.  Forever after, the economies of the City of Seattle and the North Country, including Alaska, have been linked.

Under the Midnight Sun posterYou’re invited to experience the cultural phenomenon of the Gold Rush at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park and Museum for the opening of Under the Midnight Sun, a project of the 4Culture Historic Site Specific Program. Artist Meg Bye, owner of Knot and Burl Studios, has created an interactive exhibit focusing on the moments, mementos and memories of the Klondike Gold Rush Era.

This large scale installation features over 200 replication artifacts as well as first-hand stories, folklore and anecdotes. The project also works to elevate perspectives of the Gold Rush Era that are often overlooked, namely; women, children, native cultures and immigrants.

The Klondike Gold Rush Museum is in a historic building and still has its Cadillac Hotel sign.

The Klondike Gold Rush Museum is in a historic building and still has its Cadillac Hotel sign.

The Klondike Gold Rush Museum is always free-admission.  It is unique in that it is also a National Park and is staffed by park rangers.  The Museum is located on Second Avenue South at the corner of South Jackson Street — look for the Cadillac Hotel sign which is a reminder that this is a historic building which dates from 1898.  The building was severely damaged in Seattle’s 2001 earthquake and was subsequently restored for its present use.  The Cadillac Hotel building is included in the Pioneer Square Historic District.

Under the Midnight Sun: Open from June through November 2015
Klondike National Historic Park and Museum
319 2nd Avenue South (corner of S. Jackson Street), Seattle, WA 98104

About Wedgwood in Seattle History

Valarie is a volunteer history writer for the Wedgwood neighborhood in Seattle, Washington.
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5 Responses to Under the Midnight Sun at the Klondike Gold Rush Museum in Seattle

  1. I was only vaguely familiar with the Park/Museum, but thanks to you now I’m pretty interested in doing the free tour around Pioneer Square that’s conducted on the weekends. It seems like it’d be a neat thing to do with Adam.

  2. I really love the Klondike Gold Rush Museum and I think it is very kid-friendly, too, with interactive exhibits. The walking tours go in a several-blocks circle and are not as kid-oriented, but maybe they will have one geared for kids this summer.

  3. alesiablogs says:

    I am totally going!!! Thank you for your great insights Valarie!!!

  4. There are a lot of free activities in the summertime and the Klondike Gold Rush Museum is one of the best. Look on the schedule for the walking tours around the district, too.

  5. Thanks for sharing this…I really want to check this out!

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