Tucked in a quiet corner of Dawson City, this quaint museum is dedicated entirely to the life and writing of White Fang author Jack London. Browse through historical archives and photographs while learning about London’s adventures before, during and after the Klondike Gold Rush. Explore the museum on your own, or visit during one of our interactive and informative presentations.
As an extra treat, take a peek inside the home where London resided during his days as a Klondike gold seeker; complete with period appropriate furnishing and objects fit for a stampeder. This replica is built from half of the logs from London’s original cabin, which was located on the North Fork of Henderson Creek; the other half resides in London’s hometown of Oakland, California.
The Jack London Museum & Cabin tells the story of Jack London’s adventures from his time in the Klondike and the subsequent hunt for the aforementioned cabin where he lived during the winter of 1897.
In 1897, Jack London spent a year in the Klondike. He tried his hand at mining, but mostly spent time coming up with stories that would one day make him famous. His winter was spent in a cabin near Henderson Creek. 60 years after abandoning this site to get relief from his scurvy, Dick North searched and discovered the cabin where Jack London once lived.
The story of London, the North and the investigation into his cabin are told through interpretation and photographs at the Jack London Museum. Come visit us today to discover the story behind the cabin and Jack London’s northern adventures!
For a great read Ken Spotswood has written a piece called “the History of the Jack London Cabin” and does a great job telling the story of the discovery of the cabin as it happened.
A visit to the Jack London Museum & Cabin is a great experience any time of year.
Tucked away in a quiet area of Dawson, the museum & cabin are within walking distance of all hotels and attractions in town. Find us on the corner of 8th and Firth St.
Join us on the weekends during the 2021 summer season for interpretive talks and to view inside the cabin. Admission by donation.
Friday: 3:00pm- 4:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm- 1:00pm
June 4th- September 5th
If you would like to view the cabin and museum outside these hours, please get in touch with the Visitor Information Centre either in person (8am- 8pm daily, corner of Front St. & King) or by calling 867-993-5566 to arrange a viewing.
We invite you to take in all our unique events at the museum!
Our signature event is the Authors on Eighth Literary Walking Tour and Writing Contest which celebrates writing in the Yukon; taking visitors to the one-time houses of famous writers, Jack London, Robert Service and Pierre Berton; all along Eighth Avenue in Dawson City, Yukon.
Authors on Eighth Writing Contest
Deadline for submissions: July 18th, 2021
Calling all writers and enthusiasts of the North. Submit a piece of poetry or prose relating to the chosen theme for your chance to win a Klondike gold nugget! Submissions are judged by a panel including the Berton Writer’s Retreat writer in residence and a local judge. Select submissions will be published in the Klondike Sun and/or online.
– Write a piece of poetry or a short story under 1800 words on the chosen theme of SURVIVAL.
– Email your submission to email@example.com, including:
Your full name
– Please fix your submission in a Word document format attached to the email (no .pdfs)
– Do not include your name in your word document. Maximum one entry per person.
– All work must be previously unpublished
– Please specify if you do not want your piece to be published in the Klondike Sun or online.
Under 16 category– We encourage any aspiring young writers to submit- prizes for each submission!
It is FREE to enter the contest. Winners are announced at the Authors on Eighth Walking Tour.
Authors on Eighth Literary Walking Tour: August 12th, 2021 1:30pm
Join us on a FREE walking tour of the one-time haunts of Jack London, Pierre Berton, and Robert Service. This event celebrates literacy and the art of writing in the North. With participation from the Writers Trust of Canada, Parks Canada and Jack London Museum, this event showcases the historic homes of Dawson City based writers and celebrates the winners of the Authors on Eighth Writing Contest.
Jack London Museum is operated by the Klondike Visitors Association (KVA). KVA is a not for profit organization in Dawson City, Yukon representing local and regional members and industry stakeholders. KVA’s mandate includes destination marketing, operation of attractions and presentation of special events that increase visitation and add to the quality of life in our community. KVA’s other owned and operated attractions include: Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall and Free Claim #6 on Bonanza Creek. For more information on events, attractions and everything Dawson, visit our website at www.dawsoncity.ca
To reach KVA:
Klondike Visitors Association
Box 389, Dawson City, Yukon, Y0B1G0