There's a lot going on at this museum with exhibits about the gold rush, the geology and prehistory of the Klondike, and the Yukon region's First Nations peoples. While touring the excellent displays of gold rush material downstairs, you may find it surprising just how luxurious Dawson was for the few lucky rich. Many visitors zip past the household goods upstairs, but don't miss the piece of mammoth meat on the stairway landing. Not many places to see that. Four restored
locomotives and other railway cars and gear from the Klondike Mines Railway are housed in an adjacent building, which tends to open at odd hours. The museum also has a library and archives, helpful to those seeking information about gold-rush ancestors. Daily programs include one about justice in the Klondike before the arrival of the mounted police, and "Camp Cheechacko," which gives participants a chance to test their mining skills with a rocker box. Pierre Berton, perhaps Canada's foremost historian of the gold rush and Yukon, narrates The City of Gold, a fascinating documentary about the region.