Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, Seattle

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Specialty Museum · Mysterious Site
Ye Olde Curiosity Shop is a store on the Central Waterfront of Seattle, Washington, United States, founded in 1899. It is currently located on Pier 54. 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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  • Walking along Seattleā€™s central waterfront next to all the Freeway repair, we spotted Ye Olde Curiosity Shop at the end of Pier 54, overlooking the Puget Sound. Open since 1899 it has a pretty...  more »
  • this is a nice weird shop that you can find all kinds of weird things... mummies, dried blow fish... old fortune teller both... if you are near pier 55 go see it.  more »
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  • This store wasn't exactly what I thought it would be, as it did have a lot of chain store souvenirs, but there were some unique finds and cool oddities to check out. They have a few player pianos, mummy case, miniature set, odd animals (4 legged chicken), and a vampire hunter kit. The staff were friendly and they have the most amazing green tea fudge located in the back left corner of the shop. I really liked the location and the gifts that had the stores logo on them. All in all a neat place to check out of you are spending a day at the boardwalk.
  • I liked it better before it turned big-boxy. It has more trendy, easily-available items than ones that feel like Seattle or old-fashioned waterfront store goods now. The curiosity items aren't spread out, and the focus is far off of them and more on commerce, which makes it strange that there don't seem to be enough employees to help everyone. It gets four stars instead of three, though, because it's still my daughter's favorite, and it sells fudge and tons of quirky earrings.

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