• Showcasing NWT culture and heritage

  • Engaging and educating visitors

    Slide: Yellowknives Dene
  • Caring for territorial collections

  • Sharing heritage resources

    Slide: Old Map
  • Supporting research and scholarship

    Slide: Ice Patch Study
  • Promoting cultural exchange

    Slide: Inuvialuit Drummers and Singers

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About the Centre

The Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre houses the Government of the Northwest Territories’ museum and archives.

NWT Archives

The NWT Archives collects both governmental and non-governmental documents related to the history of the Northwest Territories.


The Exhibits department designs, displays, and circulates exhibits interpreting the human and natural history of the Northwest Territories as well as other topics.


The Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre houses and manages the museum collections of the Government of the Northwest Territories.

Community Cultural Development

The Community Cultural Development Office supports individuals and organizations actively involved in arts, cultural and heritage activities.


The Conservation section is responsible for the preservation of artifacts and archival materials in the PWNHC holdings.

Cultural Places

The NWT Cultural Places Program promotes the protection, investigation, interpretation, and commemoration of significant cultural places in the Northwest Territories.

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment is happy to note that Phase 1 of the Emerging Wisely plan includes being able to open museums and galleries. The Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre is currently developing a plan for reopening that will ensure the health and safety of staff and patrons, and will not be opening until this plan is in place and approved by the Office of the Chief Health Officer. We will provide updates as more information becomes available.

Le ministère de l’Éducation, de la Culture et de la Formation est heureux de constater que la phase 1 du plan Une reprise avisée prévoit la possibilité d’ouvrir les musées et les galeries. Le Centre du patrimoine septentrional Prince-de-Galles travaille actuellement sur un plan de réouverture qui garantira la sécurité du personnel et des visiteurs. Une fois approuvé par l’administratrice en chef de la santé publique des TNO, ce plan entrera en vigueur et le musée ouvrira ses portes. Nous vous tiendrons au courant de l’évolution de notre démarche.