Culture and Heritage/PWNHC

Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre


Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC) will be closed to the public until further notice as a precautionary measure to limit the potential spread of COVID-19 in the Northwest Territories.

Public access to the exhibits, special events, auditorium rentals, and public and private tours have been discontinued. The Museum Café will also be closed during this time.

Access to the NWT Archives will remain available by request.

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment recognizes the value of our cultural and heritage resources, and PWNHC staff will continue to ensure the protection and management of museum collections and archival records throughout this temporary public closure.

For more information, contact:

Sarah Carr-Locke

Director, Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre

What is the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre?

The Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC) is the Government of the Northwest Territories’ museum and archives.

The Centre acquires and manages objects and archival materials that represent the cultures and history of the Northwest Territories (NWT), plays a primary role in documenting and providing information about the cultures and history of the NWT, and provides professional museum, archives and cultural resource management services to partner organizations.

The PWNHC holds in trust for the public a large collection of objects that represent the peoples and cultures of the NWT, and produces exhibitions that tell stories about the land, people and history of the NWT. However, the PWNHC is "more than a museum". In addition to its exhibits, collections and conservation programs, the PWNHC houses the NWT Archives, provides technical, logistic and financial support to individuals and organizations involved in cultural activities and the arts, and authorizes archaeological studies in the NWT.