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The epitome of northern museums, Yellowknife’s voluminous Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre has it all—from biplanes and gold-mining memorabilia to Dene moose hide boats and ancient archeological artifacts.
It’s both museum and archives for the Government of the Northwest Territories. The Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC) and its dedicated staff look after all the historical material important to the cultures of the NWT, and produce powerful exhibitions chronicling stories about this land, its people and its history. The museum has over 75,000 objects in its collection, along with 350,000 photos, maps and rare books preserved in the archives. But the PWNHC is much more than just a museum. It’s a community space, a cultural centre and an important supporter of the arts.
Located on the shores of Frame Lake, next to the Legislative Assembly, the museum opened its doors in 1979 with a ceremony presided over by the visiting Prince of Wales himself, Prince Charles. Tens of thousands of visitors walk through its halls every year to study its exhibits, dine at its gourmet in-house cafe or attend exciting live performances. The PWNHC also hosts a number of school programs, outreach events, cultural camps and other events for both locals and visitors.
4750 48th Street | P.O. Box 1320
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9 Canada
Tel: 867-767-9347 ext. 71472