Northern Life Museum & Cultural Centre

We are here to share the distinctive stories, history and cultural heritage of the region of Thebacha; the region influenced by the Slave River and its tributaries. The Northern Life Museum & Cultural Centre brings together an amazing array of cultural and natural collections from the region.

Contact Name: 
Diane Seals
Primary Phone Number:
(867) 872-2859
Fax Number:
(867) 872-5808
P.O. Box 420
110 King St
Fort Smith, NT
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Summer, Winter

In the Main Gallery you can glimpse the traditional lifestyle of First Nations and Metis people of this area. Traditional arts and crafts are highlighted and as you progress through the displays you will learn how exploration and development shaped the region and its people. A "must see" is an original copy of Treaty 8. As well, there is the opportunity to see two mounted bison and Canus, a whooping crane that played a significant role in revitalizing the decimated flock. The lower galleries regularly host temporary exhibits that can include photography, painting, quilting, carving, stained glass and many other arts and crafts. The newly opened outdoor Aboriginal Culture Centre depicts a traditional working camp including a cold cache, fish drying rack, hide fleshing frame and other work stations. Besides being an exhibit it is used by the community for teaching of traditional activities and storytelling.On the main level we also have two additional galleries that can be used as meeting or events spaces for any occasion.

Summer, Winter

Our gift shop features authentic aboriginal and local art. From birch bark baskets to native tanned moccasins, you will find the perfect souvenir to remind you of your exceptional journey to the North.