The most historically important buildings dotted around Dawson City  are protected as a National Historic Site. Combine these with the most picturesque ruins of permafrost, gravity, and neglect that have purposely been left alone and you can plan on spending the best part of a day wandering around town. The following buildings are open mid-May–mid-September, with a variety interpretive programs offered at each.
On King Street, up a block from the Dawson City Visitor Information Centre , is the Palace Grand Theatre, built in 1899 from wood salvaged off stern-wheelers by “Arizona Charlie” Meadows, the most famous bartender/gunslinger on the Trail of ‘98. At the time, the Grand was one of the most luxuriously appointed theaters in the west, hosting everything from Wild West shows to opera. The original horseshoe balcony, private box seats, and lavish interior have been lovingly restored. Take a tour daily at 2 p.m. (adult $7.50, senior, $6.50, child $4.50).
The beautifully restored Commissioner’s Residence on Front Street near Church Street was the official residence of the Commissioner of the Yukon 1900–1916. Tours (adult $7.50, senior $6.50, child $4.50) of the mansion and gardens are given daily by costumed interpreters.
In the vicinity of the theater are many buildings with historic window displays. Walk three blocks south down 3rd Avenue (at Harper St.) to take a snap of the terribly slanted, oft-photographed Strait’s Auction House.