Collections

  • Kate Inuktalik of Kugluktuk with Curator Joanne Bird. Photo credit: Tessa Macintosh

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  • Susan Irving showing artifacts to Sir John Franklin High School students.

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  • Ryan Silke at the Museum Alive! Open House. Photo credit: Pat Kane/GNWT

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  • Sharing our Stories allowed Elders to impart valuable information about artifacts in the collections.

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The Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre houses the museum collection of the Government of the Northwest Territories. The Collections Section is responsible for the management of the museum collection. We acquire objects, specimens and works of art that represent all cultures and regions of the Northwest Territories. We document the collection and preserve it in a secure environment according to museum standards. We make the collection accessible to people by helping researchers and visitors see and study it.

The museum collection includes paintings, sculptures, clothing, hunting and working tools, geological samples and many other items illustrating the history of the NWT.

The Northern Heritage Centre is also a repository for archaeological artifacts collected in the Northwest Territories. This means we receive, organize and store collections obtained by archaeologists.

  • Objects Showcase

    Browse selected objects from the museum collection in our new online showcase.

  • Narrative Threads

    A virtual exhibit hosted by the Textile Museum of Canada containing objects from the PWNHC Collections.

Contact Us

We are pleased to answer inquiries about the museum collection and assist visitors to use collection information and view objects. Please e-mail us.