Summer Programs



Schedule of Daily Events  

10:00   Museum Opens
10:30     Train Shelter Tour
11:00 Rockerbox & Gold Pour Demonstration
11:30     Film: City of Gold (1957)
12:00 Miners' Meeting
1:00     Trains Shelter Tour
2:00 Film: City of Gold (1957)
3:00 Camp Cheechako
3:30 Demonstrations: Rockerbox & Gold Pouring
4:30        Train Shelter Tour
5:00         Film: City of Gold (1957)

Program Descriptions


Train Shelter Tour

The Dawson City Museum is home to four restored locomotives that were used by the Klondike Mines Railway (KMR) from 1905-1913.  The KMR was a narrow gauge train line that was used to carry passengers and freight to and from the gold fields near Dawson.   Interpretive staff are available in the train shelter to answer any questions you might have about these delightful relics of Dawson’s golden age.

Film: City of Gold

This award-winning documentary from 1957 is aired three times daily at the Dawson City Museum.  Narrated by world-famous Dawsonite Pierre Berton, this film uses still shots and voiceover narration to tell the amazing story of the Klondike Gold Rush.  Visitors to Dawson City have been enjoying this film for decades, and a viewing in the Dawson City Museum theatre should be an essential part of everybody’s trip to the Klondike.  If you like it so much that you want to take it home with you, copies of the film are available in the Museum gift shop in both French and English.

Miners' Meeting

Come be a part of history with this interactive live theatre program.  Miner’s Meetings were a way to mete out justice in the era before the arrival of the Northwest Mounted Police in 1894.   By coming together to collectively settle disputes, miners were able to maintain some sense of community and lawfulness.  This 20 minute piece of theatre, happening every day in the North Gallery, tells the true life trial and sentencing of suspected murderer Frank Leslie.  Don’t miss your chance to help bring history to life!


Many Stampeders who came to Dawson in the Klondike Gold Rush thought that finding gold was as easy as bending over to pick up the big nuggets that would surely be lying on top of the earth.  Many tourists that come to town continue to believe the same thing.  Unfortunately for them, mining gold is hard work!  Come see a demonstration of one of the important steps in the placer mining process, and maybe give it a try for yourself!

Gold Pour

Dawson City is a town built on gold, and this 15 minute demonstration will give you a chance to get up close and personal with this amazing substance.  You can see the process of how gold is melted down and moulded into specific shapes, and learn a thing or two about the metal that drove the Klondike Gold Rush.

Camp Cheechako

In this interactive live theatre program, visitors become a part of history as they take on the role of Klondike Stampeders in the second wave of the Klondike Gold Rush circa 1899.  Travel back in time and sit in on a pair of Gold Rush era personalities debate the future of Dawson after the Rush. You pick the winner; will you decide to stay in Dawson, or pack up and leave? 

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