Updated on February 23, 2019.

Upcoming Events

NameDescriptionCategoriesVenueDate
Music at the Museum • Heure musicale au muséeJoin us for an one hour concert presented by Classics On Stage Yellowknife members and students of members. This is one of a series of concerts presented on the last Sunday of every month, from September to June. We are holding two extra concerts in February and March due to popular demand in preparation of the Yellowknife Music Festival. Everyone is welcome!CafeFebruary 24, 3:00 pm
Naka Festival: Opening CeremonyJoin the Yellowknives Dene First Nation (YKDFN), the City of Yellowknife, and Government of the Northwest Territories as we open the week’s events and honour the land of the Yellowknives Dene, Chief Drygeese Traditional Territory. Emcee Lawrence Nayally will guide us through the afternoon as we open with a traditional prayer song and dance and hear about the legends behind Naka. Here's what you can expect at the opening ceremony. Please note that times are approximate.
Item Time Involved
Opening Remarks 2:00 p.m. Mayor Alty, Chief  Sangris
Traditional Prayer Song and Drum Dance 2:10 p.m. YKDFN Drummers
NAKA Legend 2:20 p.m. Fred Sangris
Story Telling 2:45 p.m. Katherine   Lafferty
Tour of YKDFN Exhibit 3:15 p.m. Fred Sangris
This free-of-charge event will be held Sunday, March 3rd from 2:00 to 3:30 pm at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre.
Whole MuseumMarch 3, 2:00 pm
Naka Festival: Concepts of Aurora PhotographyAlong with the thrill of experiencing the Aurora comes the reward of making your own really good photograph of Nature’s Greatest Light Show.   The City of Yellowknife is pleased to host an aurora photo workshop, led by Yellowknife photographer, author and tour guide Bill Braden. In this two-hour workshop, you will learn basic camera settings and technique along with stories and the science behind the aurora. This free-of-charge workshop will be held Monday March 4, from 3 to 5 pm at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre.AuditoriumMarch 4, 3:00 pm
Naka Festival: In Awe of the Northern LightsDr. José Francisco Salgado is an astronomer, experimental photographer, and public speaker who creates multimedia works that communicate science in engaging ways. In this talk, Dr. Salgado will speak about the science behind the auroras and how his science films are used to inspire and educate audiences. He will share with us his photography, real-time video of the auroras, excerpts from his films, and Wondrous Light, his latest aurora production shot in Yellowknife. This free-of-charge presentation will be held Wednesday, March 6th from 1 to 3 pm at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre.AuditoriumMarch 6, 1:00 pm
Naka Festival: Aurora Art Workshop and Dene Art DemosMake your own aurora art! Using simple block-printing techniques, create an image of your choice to remember your Yellowknife experience. This fun activity is easy for any age, and can be simple or complex. Recommended time 1-2 hours to create, carve and print your block, with help from local artists. This free-of-charge drop-in workshop will be held Thursday, March 7th from 3 to 6pm at the Prince of Wales Northern  Heritage CentreAuditoriumMarch 7, 3:00 pm
Music at the Museum • Heure musicale au muséeJoin us for an one hour concert presented by Classics On Stage Yellowknife members and students of members. This is one of a series of concerts presented on the last Sunday of every month, from September to June. We are holding two extra concerts in February and March due to popular demand in preparation of the Yellowknife Music Festival. Everyone is welcome!CafeMarch 17, 3:00 pm
Music at the Museum • Heure musicale au muséeJoin us for an one hour concert presented by Classics On Stage Yellowknife members and students of members. This is one of a series of concerts presented on the last Sunday of every month, from September to June. We are holding two extra concerts in February and March due to popular demand in preparation of the Yellowknife Music Festival. Everyone is welcome!CafeMarch 31, 3:00 pm

Upcoming Exhibits

Current Exhibits

NameDescriptionCategoriesGalleryDates
Landon Peters: Northern ReflectionsA series of paintings by local artist and teacher Landon Peters, inspired by the desire to capture the northern landscape and rugged beauty and vastness of the Canadian Shield., , MezzanineDecember 2018 - June 2019
Canadian RangersDiscover the history of the 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group: the eyes, ears, and voice of the Canadian Armed Forces in the North., , Community DisplayOctober 2018 - February 2019
Special Constables in the NWT Virtual Companion ExhibitA virtual companion exhibit celebrating Indigenous northerners and their contribution to the RCMP in the Northwest Territories. This exhibit is presented for the first time in all 11 official languages., , Virtual ExhibitSeptember 2018 -
We took care of Them: RCMP Special Constables in the NWT“We took care of Them” celebrates and honors the contributions of Indigenous people in the NWT to policing in the north. Come to hear stories about Special Constables, told by community members for this exhibit. Learn more about the role that NWT communities played in helping the RCMP through rare video, photographs and interesting objects. This exhibit was created in partnership with the Department of Justice and RCMP “G” Division to celebrate Canada 150., , Aviation GalleryAugust 2017 -
Narrative ThreadsThis exhibition grew out of an online project by the Textile Museum of Canada. The Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre was invited to choose textile-related objects from our collection and submit their stories to Narrative Threads – Crafting the Canadian Quilt., , Feature GalleryFebruary 2017 - October 2018
Making a MuseumSee wonderful new acquisitions from the past decade on display for the first time., , RampAugust 2016 -
This Land is Our Home: Wıìlıìdeh Yellowknives DeneThis is the story of the Wıìlıìdeh Yellowknives Dene First Nation and their traditional territory. The exhibition is a collaboration with YKDFN elders and cultural advisors to showcase their history, language and culture through artifacts, clothing, oral history and photographs., South GalleryOctober 2015 - October 2020
Ice Age Bison Discovery: Our frozen past and thawing futureOn exhibit for the first time — a 13,650-year-old steppe bison skull found in Tsiigehtchic, NWT in 2007. This exhibit highlights ice age fossils and the changing landscape of the North., North GalleryJune 2015 - June 2018
DioramasImmerse yourself in our 10 landscape dioramas that showcase the strong connection northerners have with animals and the land. To create these dioramas, we worked closely with wildlife experts, elders, and community advisors from across the NWT., , North and South GalleriesPermanent -
Mooseskin BoatFrom the late 1800s to the 1950s, mooseskin boats were built by the Shutagot’ine (Mountain Dene) to carry large amounts of cargo along dangerous mountain rivers. This boat was made in 1981 in partnership with the National Film Board and the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre. Come and learn about the largest artifact on permanent display., , Feature GalleryPermanent -