National Park Service Visitor Center and Museum will host a Holiday Concert Dec. 2 in the  Auditorium at 6 p.m. the new exhibits will open at 7 p.m.

National Park Service Visitor Center and Museum will host a Holiday Concert Dec. 2 in the Auditorium at 6 p.m. the new exhibits will open at 7 p.m.

Visitors of the remodeled National Park Service Visitor Center and Museum will be able to interact, touch, listen, watch and even smell their way through history with new Gold Rush exhibits.
The Visitor Center at 1st Ave. and Broadway, features a new topographic map, stories of young adventurers in a go-at-your-own-pace experience.
According to Education Specialist Jason Verhaeghe, the project took three years and cost $900,000. Formations Inc. of Portland, Oregon, created the interactive and accessible exhibits.
Visitors to the museum will be able to smell sourdough and eulachon “Hooligan“ oil, step into a muddy boot print, “raft” down the Yukon River, and spin a game-show style wheel to see if they strike it rich…or die. “It’s been a long process and we’re really proud of the final result,” says education specialist Jason Verhaeghe. “These exhibits tell the story of the gold rush by following five real characters, helping visitors feel like they’re on a journey themselves.”
In addition to being fun and tactile, the new exhibits are now legally accessible. There is ample room for wheelchairs to maneuver and text is low and large enough for kids and seated visitors to read. Selected text is duplicated in braille and there will be an audio description of the exhibit to aid visitors who are visually impaired by summer of 2017. Large graphics convey the main concepts and emotions of the gold rush even to visitors who don’t read English fluently.
The previous “ton of goods” mannequin finally made it over the pass. Parks Canada now features the mannequin and the rest of the display at the museum at Bennett. Since installation in mid-summer of 2016, over 8,000 people have visited the exhibit there.
New gold rush exhibits debut on Dec, 2, 2016. Like past years, the visitor center and museum will remain free. In winter, the museum is open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. – closed on federal holidays. The visitor center is closed for winter and will re-open for the 2017 summer season. Following the Holiday Concert in the NPS Auditorium at 6 p.m. the new exhibits will open at 7 p.m.