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Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC) will be re-opening to the public

YELLOWKNIFE, NT (July 15, 2020) – 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


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Transit and case

Object 998.026.001 a-j

Transit and case

Transit and case

Small surveying transits like this were carried into the field to make precision observations and sightings. This E.R. Watts & Sons unit was used by John Anderson-Thomson, an engineer and land surveyor in the NWT for 38 years from 1944 to 1982.

Object Details
Accession No.998.026.001 a-j
MakerE.R. Watts & Son, London, England
LocationYellowknife, Great Slave Lake
Datec. 1915

Ship’s telegraph

Object 980.056.001 a,b

Ship’s telegraph

Ship’s telegraph

A brass telegraph from the M.V. Radium Gilbert. A ship's telegraph is used for communication between the bridge of the ship and the engine room. Operated by the Northern Transportation Company Ltd. from 1946 to 1980, the Radium Gilbert transported supplies and cargo to communities on Great Bear Lake, and uranium from Eldorado Mine.

Object Details
Accession No.980.056.001 a,b
MakerJos. Harper & Son Inc., New York, New York, USA
LocationGreat Bear Lake