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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  • Admission is free, you can make a donation. The rooms are very well mounted and well explain the reality of these territories. Allow one hour of visit.
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  • The government worked with the Dene people to gather donation for the museum. Fascinating bits about mining radium, lifestyle of the Dene people. Plenty of animals and birds.  more »
  • It's a museum, but it's a tour of our travel team that can actually learn more about the history and development of northwestern Canada. There are a lot of props to explain how people in the Northwest live.
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  • Covers a bit of geological, anthropological and cultural aspects of a large swath of Canada's North (not just Yellowknife area). It's a large bite, necessarily restricted, and reasonably done. Engaging sections for all ages and a variety of interests. Very family-friendly. Includes free parking, washrooms, coat alcove, and a very nice cafe. There is no gift shop / book shop. Admission is free, but they have a low-key solicitation for donations. Plan for perhaps 2 hours (up to 4 hours if you really want to savour every tidbit).
  • 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 museum is excellent! Loved the exhibit about the Dene people, very engaging and informative. Also, the restaurant (only serves lunch) is really good, fish was the best.
  • 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!
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