24 June 2016 – 18 January 2018
This temporary exhibition at the Canadian Museum of History, Mining the Miners, gave visitors another side of the Klondike gold rush: the outrageous prices and the enormous profits of a roaring boomtown economy. Among the opportunists, entrepreneurs and prospectors, visitors could see who really made the money in the last great gold rush. As well, they were able to check out a variety of artifacts from our collection that are unique to the Klondike and to Dawson City’s heyday.
Klondike gold! It wasn’t all mined with picks and shovels.
In 1897 and 1898, tens of thousands of men and women toiled up the mountain passes and down the Yukon River to Dawson City with only one thing on their minds: gold. But not all of them were miners.
The Bank of Canada Museum presented Mining the Miners, an exhibition about a booming economy of sky-high prices and staggering profits, broken dreams and some very unorthodox banking. Presented in a beautifully detailed diorama of original Dawson buildings, the exhibition explained how the profits were really made in this wild and woolly frontier metropolis. Along the way, visitors could see some bank notes specific to the gold rush, tokens good for a variety of human vices and, of course, a real nugget of the stuff dreams are made of.