The Union Trust Building is a commercial building in Seattle, Washington, United States. Located in the city's Pioneer Square neighborhood, on the corner of Main Street and Occidental Way South (Occidental Mall), it was one of the first rehabilitated buildings in the neighborhood, which is now officially a historic district. In the 1960s, when Pioneer Square was better known as "Skid Road", architect Ralph Anderson purchased the building from investor Sam Israel for $50,000 and set about remodeling it, a project that set a pattern for the next several decades of development in the neighborhood. Anderson also rehabilitated the adjacent Union Trust Annex.
The entire lot now occupied by the Union Trust Building (the 1893 portion) was originally filled by the 3-story Pacific House, one of the larger wood-frame hotels in Pioneer Square. Designed by Boone & Meeker, It was built from late 1883 to early 1884 by soon-to-be territorial governor Watson C. Squire and was operated by Eben A. Thorndyke. By 1885 The hotel went into receivership and all the fixtures were auctioned off. It continued on under new management until the great fire and the site would remain vacant for the next several years afterwards.
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Ben Trevor | Jan 1, 2018
Very nice little museum. Good place to learn about one of the most important events in early Seattle history. I played the computer game Yukon Trail a lot as a kid, so I thought it was pretty cool to find out more about the real life experiences of people heading north back then. It's not the kind of place where you'd plan a whole trip just to go there, but if you're in the area anyway (Pioneer Square, International District, football/baseball/soccer game), I definitely recommend stopping by.
Jack Anderson | Feb 22, 2018
Very nice, free museum to stroll through. I learned a lot of new things! It's not huge, but also doesn't feel like a wasted time. There's also super clean restrooms and drinking fountains that are available to the public.
Darnell Kebo | Feb 20, 2018
Really cool exhibit of the Gold Rush days. It's a Historical Park so bring your Park Passport. The National Parks store is adjacent so you can pick up books about the area.
Jonathan Harris | Jan 6, 2018
Good free museum showing how the Klondike Gold Rush energized the previously sleepy port city of Seattle. Street parking nearby is a bit difficult to find and pricey, but the museum is free so good return on investment for your weekend. You need about 1.5 hours to see everything
Justin Mortensen | Nov 21, 2017
Our four year old enjoyed the interactive nature of the exhibits. The historic movie was vintage 'middle school 1987'. A nice 20-30 minute activity near Pioneer Square.
Zach Wurtz | Mar 15, 2018
A (100% free )National Park Museum right in Downtown Seattle?!?!...Yes Please! Really fun place to burn 60-90 mins while waiting for a ferry or before a game/match at the stadiums. Its a well kept secret so don't plan on any lines or crowds but remember to check out the 'wheel of fortune' and see if you were one of the lucky few that would've struck it rich!
Sofia Bernstien | Apr 4, 2018
If you like history, this is definitely a place to check out! The staff were friendly and knowledgeable!
Nafnlaus Einstaklingur | Apr 29, 2018
For being a free museum, it's really good! They give an interesting account of the Klondike Gold Rush from Seattle's perspective, discussing some historical points about it that I haven't really seen discussed… in museums that I visited, like, a decade or so ago. It's pretty good!
Marilyn Kolander | Apr 6, 2018
What a treasure to go too and explore. Wonderful place to take a family to learn about and the gold rush and have a hands on experience. It is free, nice gift shop, just a treasure tucked into Seattle.
Nagaraj Tanguturu | Apr 11, 2018
Nice place to go and review the history. They have friendly staff and its free to visit. Kids can have fun with getting stamps.
Ariel Jensen | Jun 5, 2018
Saw postings about this place online and was interested that the museum was free. The location was easy to find and had a lot of cool tourist attractions surrounding it. I wish that they could play the Introduction video at the very start of each self-guided tour, because it would have been very helpful. Unfortunately, when I arrived, the video wasn’t playing for another half hour, so I decided to walk around on my own. The information is interesting; however, the layout of the building and the order of information is confusing. I was never sure which way I was supposed to go and if I was reading the right signs. The other thing is that there is SO MUCH TEXT. I wish there were more variety in how the information was presented, like more videos or audio recordings. Definitely worth a visit (mostly because it’s free), but WATCH THE VIDEO FIRST.
Serena Uible | May 8, 2018
Very interesting. Lots of artifacts. I really enjoyed the ability to follow five of gold rushers through their stories - told in five parts. By far the most person was Nordstrom and his story had the most details. All the stories were really interesting The staff working the desk are great! Very helpful and knowledgeable. Gave us great information about best rapid transit for person who can't do steps. Also, talked to them about the changes in the Klondike Museum from the old days when Dad had been there and the changes in the Cadillac building where museum is now. Interesting display there about the Cadillac building. Do not miss the 20 minute film about the gold rush. Very interesting. They will run it back to back if there is interest. The place is completely accessible - there is a gold colored elevator. And a scale to get your weight worth in gold. If only it was true.
Clar207 | May 10, 2018
In 1996 or so, I played this computer game that likened the Gold rush to the Oregon trail.... I was so excited to go visit here! A wonderful, fun museum with lots of learning for both a child or an adult. Now, on to Alaska!
John Hughes | May 28, 2018
Cool museum and exhibits. Loved the short film. Only issue is parking, which can be expensive if an event is occurring in the nearby stadiums.
Sabine Johns | Jul 9, 2018
Super friendly staff, the National Gold Rush service center is a small but very informative place. In the minute you walk in you will remember Jack London’s book “the call of the wild” now you can explore the real mostly unfortunate sad stories and some lucky 🍀 Diggers. Entry fee, unbelievable, it is for free , Thank you Seattle 😊 !
Roy Wellman | Jul 10, 2018
Offers a great insight into the gold rush. I don't think I'm as tuff as any of those guys. it was amazing what they had to go through but what an adventure!
Cyrus Pace | Jun 30, 2018
This is a great museum and it costs you nothing. It is the best and largest free museum I have been too. There is lots about the gold rush here. The staff is very nice and they also have free tours. There are lots of cool artifacts and things here that show lots about the gold rush, like gold sifting tools and other tools. I really recommend it you should come here for a free fun afternoon.
Lily You | Aug 9, 2018
Nice informative layout of the timeline. I liked that you could follow the fates of 5 people throughout their journey during the gold rush. Very nice historical museum that is completely free and includes documentaries shown fairly often
Tena Bougor | Aug 2, 2018
Well worth it. The exhibition gave a good overview of the history of the gold Rush. Best of all it was free. Were able to follow a person through his/her life in the Yukon. Interesting.
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