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Ye Olde Curiosity Shop

1001 Alaskan Way, Pier 54, Seattle, Washington 98104 USA

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Closed Now
Opens Thu 10a
  • Credit Cards
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  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible

“Home of the weird, freaky & curious”

Home of the weird, freaky, interesting and curious, Ye Olde Curiosity Shop is a licensed museum and gift store. They have been in business since 1899, and have collected quite the eclectic mix of treasures. They have interesting items for sale like jewelry made with real insects, butterflies in frames, or recyclable wallets. Their gift selection includes Seattle's own Glass Eye Studio's hand-blown ornaments and paperweights and Northwest Native American hand carved totem poles and masks.  Ye Olde Curiosity Shop began in late 1899 as Standley's Free Museum and Curio on Second Avenue at Pike Street. Best known today as a souvenir shop, it also has aspects of a dime museum, and was for many years an important supplier of Northwest Coast art to museums. As of 2008, the store has been owned by four generations of the same family. In 1933, the Seattle Star named Ye Olde Curiosity Shop one of the "Seven Wonders of Seattle", the only shop on the list. The other six Wonders were the harbor, the Ballard Locks, the Boeing airplane factory, the Seattle Art Museum, the Pike Place Market and the University District's Edmond Meany Hotel (now Hotel Deca).

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Reviewed by
matildabryan

  • 1 Review
  • 4 Helpful
July 05, 2014

If you're looking for an interesting place to visit in Seattle after the Wheel ride, this is a good place to start! Lots of cool stuff and lots of Seattle stuff. Interesting little stuff that kept me wandering around for a while.

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Dana Newkirk

  • Road Warrior
  • 298 Reviews
  • 325 Helpful
August 24, 2014
Rated 4.0

It's a great little store with lots of cool stuff to see and buy. Visitors should note that, yes those are two real mummies inside. The staff are always helpful and will give you a mini tour of the wonderful weird stuff if it's not too busy!

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
austinwildwildwest

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
October 14, 2017
Rated 1.0

A lot less of an oddity shop than it is a kitschy souvenir shop on the pier. Some taxidermy and dry specimens but they aren't for sale and there is more fidget spinners than antiques.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Tasha Tupa

  • 14 Reviews
  • 17 Helpful
October 13, 2014

Unfortunately, this shop is closed for 6-9 months while they work on the waterfront (rebuilding or something).

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
tonya.d.edwards

  • 9 Reviews
  • 8 Helpful
June 04, 2014

Some neat things to see - mixed in with all the stuff for sale. Doesn't compare with Ripley's. Ok for free.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Cheryl

  • 39 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
October 17, 2017

Very cool store/museum! Could have spent hours in here looking around. Did buy some neat souvenirs, and put quarters in all the fortune tellers/machines in the place.

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Ye Olde Curiosity Shop

1001 Alaskan Way, Pier 54
Seattle, Washington
98104 USA

Hours

Closed Now
  • Mon - Thu: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun, Fri, Sat: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Street Parking
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