Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, Seattle

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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 the Graduate Seattle hotel).
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  • We showed up right at opening on a weekend. They didn’t open until 15 minutes later saying of we just want to vacuum the entrance and sweep you the door. The store had some fun weird things but... 
    We showed up right at opening on a weekend. They didn’t open until 15 minutes later saying of we just want to vacuum the entrance and sweep you the door. The store had some fun weird things but...  more »
  • I could’ve meandered around this shop for hours. Lots of things to look at. It was very busy when I was there and it kinda was difficult to see somethings. If you are walking around Pier 54 stop... 
    I could’ve meandered around this shop for hours. Lots of things to look at. It was very busy when I was there and it kinda was difficult to see somethings. If you are walking around Pier 54 stop...  more »
  • When I was a kid growing up in Seattle I used to take the bus downtown just to go to the store. It had the most interesting things I thought as a kid. it's always been touristy but they have a lot of....  more
    When I was a kid growing up in Seattle I used to take the bus downtown just to go to the store. It had the most interesting things I thought as a kid. it's always been touristy but they have a lot of....  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.
  • I loved going here! It has a fair sprinkling of neat remembrance gifts that have s twist of odd about them. Like a Spock mug that is a 3d representation of his head. Also there was a good amount of "curious" things around the shop as well as parts of various dead animals too. Pretty cool!
  • If you are a tourist visiting Seattle this is a place you should check out. It gets pretty crowded on the weekends. This place has been around a very long time. They have a lot of oddities to look at as well as unique and gift shop knickknacks for purchase. There is also some great Native American art and totems for sale. An interesting place for kids too.
  • Tourist trap most definitely, but the old time exhibits wow! Can't leave without something unique. Prices really reasonable for the location. Something for everyone. For some reason always remember it bigger than it is.

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