– Preserving Skagway’s Colorful History –
Visitor Center and Museum
Open Daily 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
The national park visitor center is located in the restored 1898 railroad depot at 2nd & Broadway with free admission and activities for all ages. Want to learn more about history’s greatest gold rush? Stop by for “Gold Fever: Race to the Klondike” a 25 minute film that tells the story of how Skagway earned the title “Gateway to the Klondike.” This film plays every day on the hour except during the 10 a.m. Ranger Programs. Ranger presentations bring the events of 1898 to life through storytelling, photographs, and scenic footage. Visit newly installed interactive exhibits showcasing gold rush era characters. Visitors can smell sourdough and eulachon oil, step into a muddy boot print, and “raft” the Yukon River. Ask about upcoming special events including guest speakers and performing artists.
Skagway Historic District Walking Tours
Monday-Friday at 9 a.m., 10 a.m.,
11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Weekends at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Join a free, ranger-led walking tour of Skagway. Space is limited. Tickets are distributed on a first come, first served basis on the day of the tour at the visitor center or you can reserve advance tickets on www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Each tour offers a different glimpse into Skagway’s rich past. Tours last 45 minutes and cover 4 blocks.
Dyea Townsite Walking Tours
Monday – Thursday at 3 p.m.
Explore the former gold rush town of Dyea, now largely reclaimed by the forest on the tidal flats of the Taiya River and Lynn Canal. Rangers bring this once chaotic boom town to life on a 90 minute stroll through the forest. Tours are free. Advance reservations are recommended to guarantee your spot. Tickets are available on www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Transportation is not provided from Skagway to Dyea, a distance of 9 miles, but rangers are happy to explain options.
Junior Ranger Activity Center
Open Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (may be closed for lunch)
Looking for family fun? The historic Pantheon Saloon on the corner of Broadway & 4th is the Junior Ranger Activity Center. Children of all ages can dress up like a miner, pan for gold, and play interactive games to earn a Junior Ranger badge. Junior Rangers learn, protect, and explore, and are invited to participate in the National Park Service Junior Ranger Program at national park sites all over the country. Skagway’s annual Junior Ranger Day is July 20 at the Moore Homestead Museum.
Open Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Located on 5th & Spring Street, the Moore Cabin and restored Moore House feature the story of Skagway’s founding family. The picturesque Moore Cabin is the oldest structure in Skagway. The Moore House is a free, fully furnished house museum with exhibits depicting the life of an Alaskan pioneering family – Ben Moore, Klinget-sai-yet, and their children.
Mascot Saloon Museum
Open Daily 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Explore the Mascot Saloon Museum – an authentic post-gold rush saloon museum where you can hear the tinkling of the piano competing with the conversation of hopeful prospectors. Located on the corner of 3rd & Broadway, the free Mascot Saloon Museum features exhibits about early social life in Skagway.
Jeff. Smiths Parlor Museum
Tours: Weekdays 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Open house: Weekends 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Step inside one of Alaska’s oldest museums and hear the legend of gold rush crime boss, Jefferson “Soapy” Smith. Meticulously restored to its 1960s glory, this museum boasts animatronic mannequins, strange taxidermy, and an array of fascinating artifacts. Take a 30-minute guided tour Monday through Friday from 9:15 am to 4:15 pm. The $5 tour tickets can be purchased at the Alaska Geographic bookstore, reserved in advance on www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. On weekends, the museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for general visits; since there are no tours on weekends, there is no admission charge on weekends.
Open Daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Opens June 1
Located on Broadway between 5th & 6th avenues, the Trail Center provides current trail conditions, maps and videos. Backcountry permits are issued here for the international Chilkoot Trail, the most famous trail in the North. See page 15 for more information about the Chilkoot.
For more information about the Klondike park, visit: https://www.nps.gov/klgo/index.htm