Klondike Gold Rush - Seattle Unit National Historical Park


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 open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Between September and May there are few scheduled visitor programs. Films are shown upon request. The monthly program Guest Speaker Series, is changing. Please consult the schedule of events for upcoming events.

Programs for organized educational groups are offered September through May. Advanced reservations are required. To make a reservation or for more information on the park's educational programs, call 206-220-4240.



Seasonality / Weather

September signals a start to the cool, cloudy and occasionally wet weather one often associates with Seattle.
Winters are cool and wet mid-40's F to high 20's F. Snow in downtown rarely last a day or two, but within a few miles of downtown snow depths can be over 10 feet deep.
Summer (mid-July-late August) can be warm and dry. Normal summer temperatures mid-70's F down to 55 F.

Often confused with the wetter coastal Northwest climate, Seattle's annual precipitation ranges from 30 to 36 inches. Most of this falls from mid-September till June often as light to moderate showers.



Visitors arriving in downtown Seattle via I-5 should take the James Street exit. After exiting the highway turn west onto James Street. Travel downhill turning left at Fifth Avenue. From Fifth Avenue turn right at Jackson Street. The visitor center is on the northwest corner of Jackson Street and Second Avenue.

For visitors using I-90 continue west past the I-5 exit and use the Fourth Avenue exit. At the first traffic signal turn left on Fourth Avenue, traveling north to Jackson Street. Turning left on Jackson Street the visitor center is located 2 blocks later on the northwest corner of Jackson Street and Second Avenue.

Street parking, parking lots and parking garages are available nearby.


Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is located approximately 10 miles south of the park. Public transportation is available to Seattle and other points in the metropolitan area.

Public Transport: 

The Pioneer Square Historic District is serviced by several King County METRO bus routes. For more information please call METRO at 206-553-3000 (press 0 for a live person) or visit their website Online Trip Planner which allows you to locate which bus route will get you to the location from any address within King County.

The park is also within walking distance of the Washington State Ferry Terminal. For more information on ferry schedules, please call 206-464-6400; or 888-808-7977. The ferry system's web site is www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries.