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Yellowknife Historical Museum

Yellowknife Historical Museum

The Yellowknife Historical Museum and Interpretive Centre showcases Yellowknife’s Indigenous, sporting, cultural, geological, and mining history. Along with our exhibit hall, this Museum also has a gift shop that is stocked almost entirely by local artists and a Restaurant/Café area open for lunch and dinner.

Our Museum has a wide verity of interests for locals and tourists. In our exhibits, you will see a variety of displays highlighting:

– The history of the Earth: landforms, rocks, and minerals

– The history of the people: Indigenous Culture, arts, entrepreneurial settlers, sports, and recreation

– The History of industry: prospecting, mining, agriculture, fishing, and remediation.

Exhibits that have been of local interest for School tours are our exhibits featuring Inuit and Dene games, hockey, dog sledding, curling and an interactive play area for children and those who are children at heart. We also have an extensive public collection of information regarding the geological and cultural history of Yellowknife including that of the gold and diamond mining in the area, following that journey right up to the Giant Mine Remediation Project.

The Yellowknife Historical Museum and Interpretive Centre is located on Chief Drygeese Territory, the traditional territory of the Wiiliideh Yellowknives Dene First Nation and home of the North Slave Métis. We respectfully acknowledge our presence on the Indigenous land around Yellowknife.

This is a community-driven Museum run by the non-profit organization the Yellowknife Historical Society. Entry is by donation.


Caribou People Creations

Beaded seal fur mittens with beaded flowers and leaves at Caribou Creations in Lutsel K'e, Northwest Territories.

Caribou People Creations is a service started in 2019 provided by Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation to assist local arts and crafts persons market their products.  We have two large glass display cases filled with local crafts at the Band Office in Lutsel K’e where visitors can purchase items.  We also have an on-line store on our website with high quality photos of our products.

Lutsel K’e worked for many decades on protecting our land for our future generations and for the health of the Earth.  The result was the establishment of Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve and Thaidene Nene Territorial Park.  This encouraged the development of a local tourism economy including fostering arts and crafts and purchasing and renovating Frontier Lodge.  Lutsel K’e has a long tradition working in tourism having three of the major NWT fishing lodges in our region for over 60 years.  We also have a long history in arts and crafts production including items produced only in Lutsel K’e.

Northern Nature Photography

Northern Nature Photography's picture of western arctic landscape in the fall colors with pingos.

Northern Nature is owned by Geri Sigl – a photographer who explores the wilderness taking extraordinary photographs.

You will find on his website listed below several galleries (photo albums).

If you find an image you particularly like, you can purchase the picture. You will receive the print resolution (300 dpi – 4300 x 2900 px – JPG) The price depends on several factors, in particular the desired application. In a purely private use (for personal use) costs much less than an image for commercial purposes

Acho Dene Native Crafts

Acho Dene Native Crafts is a collective of over 40 cottage producers living in the community produce the products sold by the store. These products are made using a blend of ancestral techniques and themes with traditional and modern materials to make birch bark baskets, jewellery, moccasins, mittens, mukluks and other souvenirs.

Acho Dene Native Crafts offers a number of arts and crafts made out of traditionally smoked moose hide and birch bark. The hide is accented with beaded designs while the birch bark crafts have designs made out of porcupine quills. Products include: birch bark baskets with porcupine quills, birch bark bowls, moose hide moccasins, moose hide mukluks, traditionally beaded accessories, and much more!

Crafts from the Dene of the Fort Liard, Nahanni Butte, Fort Simpson and Trout Lake area in the western NWT. Gallery orders accepted.

Craft shop in Fort Liard is open to the public.


Gallery of the Midnight Sun

The Gallery of the Midnight Sun exterior entrance on a sunny day in Yellowknife Northwest Territories.

This is the NWT’s largest gallery and gift shop offering fine arts and crafts from across the North. Located in Yellowknife’s historic Old Town, in a traditional trading post style setting. We carry a wide selection of outerwear, tees and sweatshirts, northern apparel, books, souvenirs, furs and craft supplies. We offer a fine selection of Canadian diamonds and jewellery. Not just a place to shop, Gallery of the Midnight Sun is an authentic northern experience.


Polar Tech

Polar Tech is a full-line retailer representing Harley-Davidson, as Trails End Harley-Davidson, as well as Evinrude, Honda, MirroCraft, and BRP products. Specializing in logo t-shirts and giftware. Supplies equipment to homeowners and industry alike. Open six days a week.

Ulukhaktok Arts Centre

Located in Ulukhaktok Northwest Territories, the Ulukhaktok Arts Centre has spent decades employing local artists from the community. Formally the Holman Print Shop, the Centre produces prints, muskox carvings, qiviut products and other traditional items.

Great Bear Gallery

The Great Bear Gift Shop is attached to the museum and carries traditional arts and crafts made by Aboriginal people from the Sahtu region and the greater NWT.

Thimble and Threads

Located on the main street of Fort Smith, Thimble and Threads has a variety of fabric and crafting supplies.

Our store sells a vareity of fabric and crafting supplies. Come in and take a look!