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Haines, Alaska: Giant Hammer, Hammer Museum

Featuring a towering 20-foot-tall hammer at the entrance, owner Dave Pahl has more than 2,200 of its smaller kin inside.

108 Main St., Haines, AK
Just up the hill from the boat harbor.
May-Sep. M-F 10-5, Sa 10-2 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $5.00
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Hammer Museum

This museum is in downtown Haines, about a ten minute walk from the ferry boat from Skagway (only a 45 minute ferry ride from the cruise ship docks in Skagway). The museum attendant said there were about 1,700 hammers displayed and about 7,000 in storage. The museum was started because the owner's wife would let him have only 100 hammers at home.

I saw two gag hammers. One is a two-handed hammer given by a factory as a safety award. The other is an electric hammer that doesn't work any differently when it is plugged in.

[Dan Kaplan, 07/21/2011]

Two people stand next to a 20-foot-high hammer.

Hammer Museum

The Hammer Museum, located on Main Street, has over 1,400 hammers on display. This unique museum is easy to find as there is a very large hammer in front. On display in four rooms are various collections of hammers from ancient times through the industrial age.

[Margie Hovde and daughter Brinn, 07/29/2007]

April 2008: Owner Dave Pahl now has more than 1,700 hammers. The ex-homesteader has hired an intern and wants to expand his building and (someday) attract a corporate sponser.

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