Seattle, Washington: Ye Olde Curiosity Shop (In Transition)
- 1001 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA
- Downtown. North of Pioneer Square and the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal, on the waterfront, where Madison St. reaches Puget Sound. Pier 54.
- Closed for neighborhood seawall construction. Will reopen July 1, 2015. (Call to verify)
- In Transition
Souvenir shop packed to the rafters with animal freaks, oddities, and mummy love couple Sylvia and Sylvester. Closed for neighborhood seawall construction. Will reopen July 1, 2015. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
The store's famous mummy, Sylvester is reproduced as a wobbling head keepsake (Mummy Sylvia is not jealous). Roadsideamerica.com Report...
Visitor Tips and News About Ye Olde Curiosity Shop
I remember going to the Ye Olde Curiosity Shop as a kid. Whenever we would drive by the building my dad would say, "Say 'Hi' to Sylvester." It was such fun going back as an adult, and Sylvester hasn't changed a bit.[Connie from Seattle, 11/28/2012]
Sylvester is the Curiosity Shoppe's longest-reigning resident mummy.
I enjoyed visiting the 98-year Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe, located on the waterfront near the Seattle Aquarium & the ferries across Puget Sound. Admission is free since it's really a huge tourist trinket store, not a museum. They have a lot for sale, and while most of the stuff is ticky-tacky & plastic, there are a few nice things (I bought a very pretty pewter pin). You have to hunt to find such things like The Lord's Prayer written on a grain of rice, or a painting on the flat end of a straight pen (they're in a glass cabinet at the far end of the store). TOCS is gearing up for their centennial in two years. Stop by & enjoy![Lori Murray Sampson, 11/06/1997]