Saturday, December 31, 2016

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop Specializes in the Weird

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop in Seattle
Just some of the things that await you at the Curiosity Shop. (Ye Olde Curiosity Shop)

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer once stated in 1927 that “Everything in the world is there, sardined into Ye Olde Curiosity Shop... It’s the world boiled down.” Older than the Space Needle, Woodland Park Zoo and the Seattle Aquarium, the Curiosity Shop is one quirky place. So much so that their website assumes that everyone is away of it and doesn’t even list its address. With that said, most of Seattle residents are away of the part odd museum/part gift shop attraction located on the Seattle waterfront – it’s been here since 1899. Even so, within the last year or so, the shop moved its location. Same pier, just further down.

Sylvester at the Ye Old Curiosity Shop
It is estimated that you’ll find at least 1001 curious things at Standley’s family museum. Where else are you going to find a walrus skull with three tusks or a tiny display of fleas wearing costumes or shrunken heads? One of the residents is Sylvester a mummy with an unknown origin and one that has been credited as one of the best preserved anywhere.

Of course, there are much to buy here as well – it’s an extensive souvenir store with hand-blown glass ornaments, jewelry made with real insects, butterflies in frames, recyclable wallets, native American art and hand-carved totem poles and masks, lots of snacks and “ordinary” gifts as well.

The Ye Olde Curiosity Shop is located at 1001 Alaskan Way, Seattle 98119. You’ll need to call them at (206) 682-5844 for times that they are open.

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