Ye Olde Curiosity Shop

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop A fun, educational and entertaining gift shop and museum open since 1899. We have collected quite the eclectic mix of treasures since we opened in 1899.
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Home of the weird, freaky, and curious, Ye Olde Curiosity Shop is a combined museum and gift store. We have interesting items for sale such as jewelry made with real insects, butterflies in frames, Russian nesting dolls. Our gift selection includes Seattle's own Glass Eye Studio's hand-blown ornaments and paperweights, as well as Northwest Native American hand-carved totem poles and masks. Our col

lection of oddities and curiosities ranges from genuine mummies and shrunken heads (tsantsa), to freak farm animals such as two-headed cows, four-legged hens and piggies with two tails!

WE ARE AT THE EXPO TODAY AND TOMORROW!!Come see us and tons of other vendors with cool merch and things to buy!Our booth...
10/14/2023

WE ARE AT THE EXPO TODAY AND TOMORROW!!
Come see us and tons of other vendors with cool merch and things to buy!

Our booth has a selection of things we sell down at the shop on a daily basis, so if you see something you're interested in seeing more of, come visit us on the waterfront at Pier 54!

Have a wonderfully curious day, y'all!! 🖤💀

Goooooood evening, curious friends, fans, and followers!The   is returning to Seattle THIS WEEKEND!! For the first time ...
10/14/2023

Goooooood evening, curious friends, fans, and followers!

The is returning to Seattle THIS WEEKEND!! For the first time ever, Ye Olde Curiosity Shop will be attending as a vendor! Honestly, is there anywhere more fitting for us to be? 🥹

If you're in the area, the expo runs from 10a-6p on Saturday 10/14 and 10a-4p on Sunday. Browse neat booths, take cool photos, learn a bit of history...And maybe even take home something intriguing!
We hope to see y'all there! 💀

And as always...Stay curious, and embrace the weird. 🖤

10/05/2023

If you missed us at Climate Pledge tonight, be sure to find us at the Oddities and Curiosities Expo at the WA Convention Center, October 14th and 15th!

Are you going to see Queens of the Stone Age tonight??Stop by our booth outside the Climate Pledge Arena and say hi, pic...
10/05/2023

Are you going to see Queens of the Stone Age tonight??
Stop by our booth outside the Climate Pledge Arena and say hi, pick up something curious, or grab a free sticker!

We'll be set up for another half hour! Hope to see you here!!

Stay curious, and embrace the weird! 🖤💀

We're going to be at the Queens Colosseum, on Wednesday, October 4th! An intimate event held just before Seattle's own Q...
10/03/2023

We're going to be at the Queens Colosseum, on Wednesday, October 4th! An intimate event held just before Seattle's own Queens of the Stone Age concert at Climate Pledge Arena!
We'll be set up with an eclectic assortment of curiosities, so stop by and see us there!!

Stay curious, and embrace the weird. 🖤

On this day, February 24, in 1854, Joseph Edward Standley - our Founding 'Daddy' - was born in Steubenville, Ohio. Celeb...
02/24/2023

On this day, February 24, in 1854, Joseph Edward Standley - our Founding 'Daddy' - was born in Steubenville, Ohio.

Celebrate this auspicious day with us, either by visiting the shop on Pier 54, or by visiting our brand new website at www.yeoldecuriosityshop.com 🥳

Wondering what to get your loved one for Valentine's Day?Bored with the typical candy-and-flowers carousel?Look no furth...
02/09/2023

Wondering what to get your loved one for Valentine's Day?
Bored with the typical candy-and-flowers carousel?
Look no further!
We have dozens of OOOHnique gift ideas, from "oooh, how elegant!" to "oooh, how odd!"

Stop by today!

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop is hiring!We are looking for people to fill positions for our busy summer season who are friendly...
04/24/2022

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop is hiring!

We are looking for people to fill positions for our busy summer season who are friendly, get along with others and willing to learn many new things. You must be available to work weekdays, weekends, day and evening shifts but we can be flexible if there are certain times you need off.

If this sounds like you please send your resume to [email protected]. This could be one of the most interesting jobs you've had!

Some April viewing of celestial doings:
04/13/2022

Some April viewing of celestial doings:

Seeing the planets of the Solar System aligned in a neat line is one of many awe-inspiring stargazing experiences we can get – and this month you could have a chance to see it with your own eyes.

03/09/2022

from 6 years ago!

03/02/2022
02/22/2022
02/17/2022

See Sylvester get some time in the spooky spotlight

Here is some exciting news.  Ye Olde Curiosity Shop is being featured on Eric's Heroes today.  For those of you who don'...
02/17/2022

Here is some exciting news. Ye Olde Curiosity Shop is being featured on Eric's Heroes today. For those of you who don't know Eric's Heroes is a weekly segment that is part of the evening news on KOMO TV. It airs every Wednesday. We feel so honored that we have been chosen to be a part of this wonderful program! Eric' Johnson has featured so many interesting and worthy subjects to be included in this is quite humbling. We hope that you can tune into the evening news on KOMO tonight a little after 6pm. If you aren't able to see this live it will be on KOMO's website and Eric tells us that there will be a link on his page as well.

Eric and his production team have been really easy to work with and it has been a fun project for us as well. We really hope you enjoy watching it!

Special feature airing at 6:30 tonight!
02/16/2022

Special feature airing at 6:30 tonight!

Still counting!
02/16/2022

Still counting!

02/15/2022
we will be open til 9pm if you’re out and about for Belltown Art Walk
02/11/2022

we will be open til 9pm if you’re out and about for Belltown Art Walk

Support the local art scene and explore one of downtown's most vibrant neighborhoods with the Belltown Art Walk on Friday, Feb. 11. Held the second Friday of each month, this free event is a great opportunity to stroll through fascinating galleries and finish your evening with a stop for drinks and snacks with friends. Learn more and get the map at www.BelltownArtWalk.com.

come on down, the water’s fine!
01/15/2022

come on down, the water’s fine!

01/03/2022

Winter hours:
Mon-Thur 10-6pm
Fri & Sat 10-9pm
Sunday 10-7pm

01/03/2022
01/01/2022

Best Wishes for 2022! The shop will be closed New Year’s day.

12/27/2021

It’s official: we’ll be closed for a Snow day on Monday as well

Update: ❄️ We’re going to be closed Monday as well. Stay cozy folks ☕️
12/26/2021

Update: ❄️ We’re going to be closed Monday as well. Stay cozy folks ☕️

The shop will be closed tomorrow for the holiday, we’re wishing everyone good cheer!
12/25/2021

The shop will be closed tomorrow for the holiday, we’re wishing everyone good cheer!

Maybe a trip to visit Sylvester?
12/22/2021

Maybe a trip to visit Sylvester?

There’s a lot happening in Downtown Seattle. Check out upcoming events, can’t-miss deals, insider tips, and more before you plan your next visit.

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop will be closed tomorrow for the Thanksgiving holiday.
11/25/2021

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop will be closed tomorrow for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Don't miss Ye Olde Curiosity Shop in "111 Places in Seattle You Must Not Miss" -- appearing at minute 1:08 in this quick...
11/02/2021

Don't miss Ye Olde Curiosity Shop in "111 Places in Seattle You Must Not Miss" -- appearing at minute 1:08 in this quick photo-montage. If you have family visiting for the holidays (safely during this lingering coronavirus season, of course!) be sure and stop by!

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Learn the legend of Sylvester the mummy from the Smithsonian Channel!
08/02/2021

Learn the legend of Sylvester the mummy from the Smithsonian Channel!

These mummified bodies have held onto their secrets for thousands of years.0:00 - Intro to Peculiar Mummified Bodies0:17 - Does this Wild West Mummy Have a S...

What fun! A walking tour of Seattle... from 1980. Check out Ye Olde Curiosity Shop at minute 3:26. Long gone attractions...
04/30/2021

What fun! A walking tour of Seattle... from 1980. Check out Ye Olde Curiosity Shop at minute 3:26. Long gone attractions like the Kingdome and the Viaduct. Where were you in 1980?

38 years doesn't seem that long ago. Here's a KCTS-9 story showing how to impress your out of town guests with a bus/walking tour. Most importantly, see th...

Seattle Historic Waterfront Association speaks the truth! Dash on down during a sun break and enjoy the Seattle waterfro...
03/22/2021

Seattle Historic Waterfront Association speaks the truth! Dash on down during a sun break and enjoy the Seattle waterfront. Plenty of wide-open spaces.

|Waterfront Treasure Hunt|

Looking for something nobody else has? Seattle's waterfront is a great place for treasure hunting! Two of the city's greatest kept secrets among savvy shoppers are Ye Olde Curiosity Shop (Pier 54) and Seattle Antiques Market (across from Seattle Aquarium at Pier 59). Come on down. The First 3 hours of garage parking are free! Don't miss it.

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop will be closed on Tuesday, February 15, 2021 for our annual inventory. Like the picture says: We ...
02/16/2021

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop will be closed on Tuesday, February 15, 2021 for our annual inventory. Like the picture says: We may not always know what it is, but we have to count it anyway!

Shared from our state's museum of history, this card that's only a few years shy of 100! And the poem's title poses a ve...
01/09/2021

Shared from our state's museum of history, this card that's only a few years shy of 100! And the poem's title poses a very good question: Have You Been There? (To Ye Olde Curiosity Shop?)

"Have you been there?" This trade card created in 1924 features a poem about Ye Olde Curiosity Shop in Seattle. At the bottom, it reads “Written by Mr. F.R. Whitney of Tacoma, for Daddy Standley, proprietor of Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, on his 25th anniversary, at the Colman Dock entrance, Seattle, Washington, Jan. 1, 1924.” WSHS Catalog ID: 2005.0.325.

Bunny doves go international! A fan of the shop in Paris snapped this pic of one of Ye Olde Curiosity Shop's taxidermy c...
01/06/2021

Bunny doves go international! A fan of the shop in Paris snapped this pic of one of Ye Olde Curiosity Shop's taxidermy creations, enjoying a beautiful view of the iconic Eiffel Tower. Let the bunny dove of peace bring the olive branch to all nations in this hopeful new year!

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop will be open on New Year's day!! Our hours will be 12 noon until 5 pm. Happy New Year and we hope...
01/01/2021

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop will be open on New Year's day!! Our hours will be 12 noon until 5 pm. Happy New Year and we hope to see you on the waterfront.

Here's hoping the turn from old year to new will bring peace, prosperity, and health to all! A toast to 2021, friends!
12/31/2020

Here's hoping the turn from old year to new will bring peace, prosperity, and health to all! A toast to 2021, friends!

The crew at Ye Olde Curiosity Shop hopes you and all your family and friends have a wonderful Christmas Day! Be safe and...
12/25/2020

The crew at Ye Olde Curiosity Shop hopes you and all your family and friends have a wonderful Christmas Day! Be safe and you won't be sorry, like ol' Elsie, here.

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop wishes you a safe, happy and HARMONIOUS Thanksgiving, however the day unfolds for you!
11/24/2020

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop wishes you a safe, happy and HARMONIOUS Thanksgiving, however the day unfolds for you!

Address

1001 Alaskan Way, Pier 54
Seattle, WA
98104

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 6pm
Tuesday 10am - 6pm
Wednesday 10am - 6pm
Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 10am - 9pm
Saturday 10am - 9pm
Sunday 10am - 7pm

Telephone

(206) 682-5844

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Home of the curious, weird, and frankly freaky, Ye Olde Curiosity Shop blends gift store and free museum in a historic location that has anchored Seattle’s waterfront since 1899. Visitors can enjoy an eclectic mix of treasures that rivals Ripley’s own collection, while shopping for intriguing items that reflect local heritage, such as Pacific Northwest Native American hand-carved masks, paddles, and model totem poles. A selection of gifts and souvenirs includes jewelry made with real insects and fossil ivory, dazzling framed butterflies from the world around, and genuine Russian nesting dolls. On-site oddities gathered over the course of five generations range from genuine mummies and shrunken heads, to paintings on the heads of pins, to freak farm animals such as two-headed cows, four-legged hens and piggies with two tails. Visit Ye Olde Curiosity Shop and you, too, will be amazed, be amused, and be curious!


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We return to Ye Olde Curiosity Shop!

Meet Medical Ed, the human head at Ye Olde Curiosity Shop Seattle WA (on Pier 54), showcases a huge collection of the weird and wonderful including human mummies, animal oddities, shrunken heads and more. We check in with Sylvester the human mummy and explore even more awesome curiosities!

We love exploring Ye Olde Curiosity Shop's​ huge collection of the weird and wonderful and including human mummies, animal oddities, shrunken heads and more! Check out our visit on YouTube:
I Enjoy Buying Post Cards In your Shop. I want to THANK your Cashier Today KYLE He is a Bright Friendly Good Customer Service Employee He Made My Day Thanks KYLE for your EXCELLENT GOOD CUSTOMER 😀
SERVICE. I Do Thank you From Stephen Fox From BAINBRIDGE ISLAND WA. I Enjoy your Post Cards & More. Happy Summer Season On the Way to U in 2019
Is there a way to buy one of these mugs online?
I am so glad to know you (Ye Olde.....) are still there!
Jill F Dickinson this place!!!
My husband went on an very short trip to Seattle for business last week. He bought me a shirt and went back for a beaver skull because I told him I wanted that over jewelry. LOL Quality piece and nice shirt. Thank you!
Jade! Tobys Mexican jumping beans from last summer!
Jade! Tobys beans from last summer just hatched!
Sylvester tribute make up on the Walking Dead