Online Resources

Virtual Tour

Take a self-guided, room-by-room tour of select permanent galleries and areas within the museum from your computer. Available in Dinjii Zhuʼ Ginjik, English, Inuvialuktun, nēhiyawēwin and Wıìlıìdeh.

The galleries and areas in this virtual tour do not reflect the most current exhibits on display.

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Special Constables in the NWT Virtual Companion Exhibit

Learn about Indigenous northerners and their contribution to the RCMP in the Northwest Territories. Available in Dene Kǝdǝ́, Dëne Sųłıné, Dene Zhatıé, Dinjii Zhuʼ Ginjik, English, Inuinnaqtun, Inuktitut, Inuvialuktun, nēhiyawēwin and Tłı̨chǫ. 

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Ice Age Bison Discovery

Discover ice age fossils and the changing landscape of the North.

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Staff Picks

See some of our favourite objects and documents from the past.

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Hunters of the Alpine Ice: Discoveries from the NWT Ice Patch Study

Learn about the groundbreaking NWT Ice Patch Study.

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Yamǫ́rıa: The One Who Travels

Hear the diverse stories of Yamǫ́rıa, the legendary Dene traveler and lawmaker.

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NWT Historical Timeline

Welcome to our story — the story of the Northwest Territories. Learn about some of the important moments, events, people, and ideas in the North.

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An Archaeological Expedition to Kuukpak

Learn about the past inhabitants of Kuukpak through the artifacts they left behind.

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A Northern Experience: The Journals of Norman Robinson

Read the journals of Norman Lubbock Robinson, a World War One veteran who spent five years in the Northwest Territories in the early 1920s as a trapper, a guide, and a purser on the steamer "Mackenzie River." 

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Lessons from the Land: The Įdaà trail

Explore the traditional Indigenous trails throughout the NWT, featuring the Įdaà Trail linking Great Slave Lake and Great Bear Lake in Tłı̨chǫ territory. Available in English and Tłı̨chǫ.

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Qilalukkat! Beluga!

Learn about Beluga and their relationship with the Inuvialuit of the Western Arctic.

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The 1962 Dogrib Tea Dance

Listen to the Dogrib Tea Dance songs recorded in Rae at Treaty time in 1962. Available in English and Tłı̨chǫ.

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Songs of the Tłı̨chǫ Drum Dance

Listen to traditional Tłı̨chǫ Drum Songs from a New Year's Eve celebration in Behchokǫ̀, Northwest Territories, on December 31, 1982.

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Henry Busse: Yellowknife's First Professional Photographer

View photos taken by Hans Heinrich Maximilian (Henry) Busse, Yellowknife's first professional photographer. 

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A Time of Change – Paintings and Photographs by Bern Will Brown

Bern Will Brown came north in 1948 and spent time in almost every part of the Northwest Territories. He recorded the places where he lived and traveled and the people he came to know in photographs, on film, and in his paintings.

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Seasons of Beauty Photographs by René Fumoleau

View photos by René Fumoleau, which show the changing seasons and changing times of Denendeh, the land of the people.

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James Jerome: Through a Gwich'in Lens Archival Photographs

James Jerome’s negatives and prints were damaged in the house fire that claimed his life. His partner Elisabeth Jansen Hadlari and son Thomas Hadlari donated over 9000 images to the NWT Archives. Available in Dinjii Zhuʼ Ginjik.

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Sharing Our Stories

The Sharing Our Stories series of workshops were conceived as a way to promote community collaborations and knowledge of language and culture through specially selected objects from the museum collections. 

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Gwich'in Place Names

Learn the over 400 traditional Gwich'in place names in the Gwich'in Settlement Area of the NWT. 

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Inuvialuit Place Name

Learn the place names compiled by the Tuktoyaktuk Traditional Knowledge Project through the travels of Nuligak.

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A Place of Honour

In the Northwest Territories, 116 lakes, rivers, capes, bays, and points bear the names of servicemen, lost naval vessels, commanders, and battles from World War II alone.

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Birthplace of Hockey

Délı̨nę is officially recognized as a Territorial Historic Site because of its hockey history. 

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Evolution of the Northwest Territories

The name “Northwest Territories” has had a long history, with beginnings in the early fur trade.

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Dè T'a Hoti Ts'eeda: 'We Live Securely by the Land'

View selected items from the National Museums of Scotland (NMS) Dene collection and learn about the historic connection between Scotland and Denendeh.

The Dogrib Caribou Skin Lodge

Learn about the caribou skin lodge, purchased from Bear Lake Chief in 1893 by Frank Russell for the University of Iowa. In 1997, the Natural History Museum of the University of Iowa made a gift of the lodge to the Dogrib Nation, the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, and the people of the Northwest Territories.