Culture and Heritage/PWNHC

Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre


The Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre is currently closed to the public due to an unforeseen maintenance event.  We will update the public when more information is available.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  


The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) is pleased to announce that the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC) will be re-opening to the public starting July 16. Members of the public will be able to visit PWNHC weekly from Wednesday to Sunday, 1p.m. to 5p.m.

To ensure the health and safety of staff and visitors, ECE has developed a set of health and safety guidelines that comply with the GNWT’s Emerging Wisely Plan. These practices include:

  • Reduced overall visitor capacity. There will now be a limit of 80 visitors in the museum at a time.
  • Gallery capacities will also be limited. These capacities will be marked at the entrance of each gallery.
  • Increased cleaning. The Museum has been thoroughly cleaned in preparation of re-opening and cleaning will continue throughout the day.
  • Closure of the Museum Café and water fountain. Snacks from home can be brought and eaten in the café dining area.
  • Closure of interactive exhibits. Most interactive portions of the museum will be closed, covered or removed for visitor safety. This includes the Discovery Gallery (kids’ area), which will remain closed until further notice.

ECE kindly asks visitors to:

  • Stay home if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19
  • Consider wearing a mask to protect themselves and others, although not mandatory
  • Maintain physical distancing measures
  • Sanitize hands when entering the building
  • Observe signage for traffic flow
  • Wash hands often and/or use hand cleaning stations
  • Please be patient and kind as we navigate and adjust to this new situation
  • Bring your own water bottle (if desired)

For Media Requests, please contact:

Meagan Wohlberg

Education, Culture and Employment

Government of the Northwest Territories 

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.