Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife

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Discover the history and culture of the Northwest Territories at Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre. Established in 1979, the center archives and displays art, artifacts, and documents related to the heritage of these northern climes. Learn about the history of Yellowknife and the First Nation people of the area, view interesting exhibits about local animals and geography, and view art pieces by famous local artists. Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Yellowknife Edition.
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  • A place to understand the history of Yellowknife. It is in the town center, very easy to reach. The scenery around is also good.  more »
  • On a recent visit to Yellowknife we checked out this place and found it very informative and interesting, definitely a place to visit if you are in Yellowknife  more »
  • It shows a lot about the history of the town, the culture and the biological environment, and the interesting things you can do to get a good look at learning. For free, there are many seats available for visitors to relax in the exhibition.
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  • This is a nice museum that does a good job of explaining the basics of the history of the Northwest Territories while centering the First Nations perspective. However, the history is definitely portrayed in a diplomatic manner, giving a nostalgic air to the past rather than framing things in a critical manner illuminating current social and political issues of northern Canada. You definitely need to talk to locals if you want a full understanding of northern issues. There is a nice interactive display about the Aurora and several beautiful beadwork art displays. There is a cafe too, but it was closed when we visited.
  • This is a wonderful museum. The staff a very friendly, and there's an atmosphere that reminds me of my childhood visits here. The exhibits are interesting and kid friendly. The restaurant located upstairs is the most underrated spots to eat in town. Definitely worth a visit!
  • If you're looking for a 'quick' activity I would highly recommend coming to this museum. It was very informative of the history and traditions of NWT and supplied a lot of artifacts! It took me about an hour to walk around at my own pace - If there was one complaint it would be that it's too small and should expand! The staff were very friendly and helpful when I asked questions and the exhibits were lovely. Would come back again!
  • Great museum! It's very informative of the NWT history and wildlife education. It took us an hour to walk through the whole museum. Great place to spend time here during the day!
  • Our guy Jean was fantastic. As an archaeologist he did a great job guiding our group around and was well informed on everything in the museum.

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Accommodations in Yellowknife come in the form of small hotels, bed and breakfasts, and guesthouses scattered throughout the city. For the most interesting scenery, stay north of the center near the Bush Pilots Monument. If you choose to visit between November and March to chase the northern lights, make sure you stay well out of town for the best chance to see the spectacle without the intrusion of light pollution.
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