Everything You Need to Know about Visiting the Gum Wall in Seattle

The Seattle gum wall is equal parts disgusting and awesome. Anytime I visit Pike Place Market {the gum wall is located in an alley just below} I walk through. Part of me feels like I step into a Harry Potter novel when I walk down Post Alley, another part is intrigued at the people watching. I think it's worth the stop when you are in the city for a visit, so I compiled this list of everything you need to know about visiting the gum wall in Seattle. 

Everything You Need to Know about Visiting the Gum Wall in Seattle

How did the Seattle gum wall start?

Seattle's longest-running improv theater, Unexpected Productions, is located in Post Alley. In the early '90s people would wait for a show outside the theater and put their gum up on the wall. At first, the theater company tried to clean it off, but after awhile they were overwhelmed with the amount of gum and gave up.

Do They Clean the Gum Wall?

Only once! In 2015, the Pike Place Market preservation group stipped the wall clean. It took 130 hours and more than 2300 pounds of old gum was scraped away. In some places, the gum was layered 7 inches thick! 

It was a futile effort though. No sooner had they left, visitors started tacking gum up to the wall again. If you visit, it hardly looks like anyone cleaned it at all.

How Long is the Seattle Gum Wall?

The gum wall isn't limited to just one wall. In fact, it stretches about 50 feet down both sides of an alley. The gum goes as high up as someone can touch and as low down as to the street line. There is gum on the street, but thankfully it hasn't started accumulating on the ground like it has on the wall. Doesn't mean you shouldn't watch where you step!

Where is the Seattle Gum Wall?

I probably went to Pike Place Market 10 times before I finally found the gum wall. It's kind of hidden, so if you aren't looking for it, you probably will miss it. Under the large Pike Place Market sign where the fish throwers are, you'll see a set of stairs that go down into an alley. Take those stairs and turn right where you will wander down into Post Alley. Tell me it doesn't feel like a scene out of Hogsmeade. 

Bring Your Own Gum

If you plan on visiting the gum wall, bring your own gum. It's hard to come by once you are in the alley and there aren't many places to buy it easily up at the market. Come prepared if you want to stick your gum to the wall. 

Also, bring hand sanitizer.

What to do After the Gum Wall

After your visit to the gum wall, if you keep walking down the alley, you can take another set of stairs that will take you down to the waterfront. You will be let off right in front of the Seattle Aquarium {buy the CityPASSif you want to explore} or head to Pier 57 for an evening of fun. You can get my recommendations for an evening on the Seattle Waterfront here

One evening itinerary for Seattle. Get a feel for the city when you have limited time!

If you have time to explore the city, here are 20 places to visit downtown and explore the city like a local.

Here is how to spend a weekend in Seattle!

However you explore the city, enjoy it! There is plenty to see and lots to do!

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