Tucked in a quiet corner of Dawson City, the Jack London 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 this quaint 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.

Our Story

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.

 

Visit Us

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.

Hours:
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday: 4:00pm- 5:00pm
June 4th- September 25th 

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.

Events

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

Each year, we call on all writers and enthusiasts of the North to submit a piece of poetry or a short story relating to the chosen theme for a 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 are be published in the Klondike Sun and/or online. Details for the 2022 writing contest will be announced in June!

2021 Winners:

Poetry: The Ballad of Mad Maggie by Kaitlyn Lonnee (Ontario)
Short Story: Across the Moosehide Slide by Lulu Keating (Dawson City)
Under 16: Middle ofn the Pack by E.T. Thorbens (Florida)

Click here to read the 2021 Authors on Eighth Writing Contest Submissions.

This event is a partnership between Klondike Visitors Association and Writers Trust of Canada

 

Authors on Eighth Literary Walking Tour

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.  2022 walking tour date TBA.

Contact Us

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
1-867-993-5575
kva@dawson.net