About the Dawson City Museum
Original Museum building- Old Fire Hall on Front Street
The Dawson City Museum is a not-for-profit institution dedicated to helping people explore the connection between the Klondike and their world.
Conceived by a group of volunteers in the 1950s, the original Dawson City Museum was housed in the Old Fire Hall on Front Street. When a fire claimed the building and most of the collection in 1960, volunteers rallied. By 1962 the Dawson City Museum was welcoming visitors into its current home in the Old Territorial Administration Building (OTAB) on Fifth Avenue.
During the 1960s the Museum occupied only a small corner of OTAB, but over the years it expanded and now occupies more than half of the two story building. The 1980s saw significant restoration work performed on the building's main entrance, lobby, North Gallery and Council Chambers. Exhibits were prepared for the Klondike Gold Rush Centennial celebrations in the 1990s, and the John G. Lind Storage Facility was officially opened in the summer of 2001. OTAB was designated a National Historic Site the following year.
Today the Dawson City Museum is home to the Yukon's largest historical collection, and an archival collection second only in size to Yukon Archives in Whitehorse. The Museum is truly a gathering place, with hardly a Dawsonite who has not shared their resources, skills, time or encouragement with the Museum in some way. The Museum is also indebted to friends and supporters elsewhere in the Territory, and around the world.
That is our story. What is yours? What is your connection to the Klondike? Send us an email. We'd love to hear from you!
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