Past Exhibits

Over the past few years MacBride Museum has partnered with a number of local groups to produce interesting and unique exhibits that reflect the Yukon community.

Jim Robb’s Colourful Five Percent

Local artist and historian Jim Robb has been collecting, photographing and painting the Yukon’s history for more than 50 years. Jim has long been a friend of MacBride Museum and we are proud to work with him to showcase his collection. The exhibition will feature components of the Colourful Five Percent along with items from Jim’s extensive private collection. MacBride Museum would like to thank the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency for their support for this exhibit.




The Puckett Family: Life in Whitehorse, 1900-1930

The Puckett family photographs tell a story of life in and around Whitehorse following the madness of the Klondike Gold Rush. The Pucketts were an industrious family, and were involved in many different businesses in Whitehorse and the surrounding area.

Over the years they staked a claim on the Whitehorse Copperbelt, operated roadhouses, worked on British-Yukon Navigation Company sternwheelers, and opened many different shops to serve the public. They were also much loved members of the community who delighted in growing vegetables and flowers in their garden, having picnics, and supporting the local baseball team.

These stories and photographs in this display are from the William A. Puckett collection, the Deyo (Puckett) LeVake collection, and the Howard Shadwell collection held at the MacBride Museum.

What's In a Name?

What’s in a Name?

Hougen Heritage Gallery Each year MacBride Museum creates two exhibits for the Hougen Heritage Gallery in Arts Underground (305 Main Street, Whitehorse). From March to June 2014, MacBride Museum presented What's In a Name? a display that tells the stories behind the names of Yukon communities from Burwash Landing to Watson Lake.

Social Life of the SS Klondike

The Social Life of the S.S. Klondike

A special display of objects and photographs that tell the story of passenger life aboard the S.S. Klondike in its heyday, between 1938 and 1940. Objects and images are on loan from Parks Canada Yukon.

The Yukon Quest

30 Years of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race

The Yukon Quest 1,000-mile International Sled Dog Race celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2013. Created in partnership with the Yukon Quest society, this exhibit celebrates the mushers, dogs and the 1,000 volunteers that work together to make this race happen each year. MacBride Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the Yukon Government’s Department of Economic Development for the creation of this exhibit.

Paved with Stories

Paved with Stories: The History Behind the Street Names in Downtown Whitehorse

This display uncovers the stories behind the street names in downtown Whitehorse using land surveys, historical photographs and biographies. This show runs from August 2 to the end of October 2013.

Andover Harvard Yukon Expedition

The Andover-Harvard Yukon Expedition, 1948
on display at the Hougen Heritage Gallery at Arts Underground

These photographs were taken by Elmer J. Harp during the Andover-Harvard Yukon Expedition of 1948. Taking advantage of the newly opened Alaska-Canadian Highway to access previously unexplored areas, the expedition came north to investigate the record of human history and environmental change in southwest Yukon since the last Ice Age. These photos feature members of the expedition and the people of Burwash Landing.

This display was created by the Yukon Government, Archaeology program and is presented by the MacBride Museum. It will show in the Hougen Heritage Gallery until the end of April 2013.

Click the link below download Harp’s Field Notes from the Expedition .

Change: A display of Chinese Coins recently found in the Yukon
February to October 2012

Hershel Island: A Natural and Cultural History
April to November 2012

Herschel Island is the only island off of Yukon’s Arctic coast. This exhibit tells the story of the natural and cultural history of this island, featuring never before seen artifacts from the Yukon Government’s archaeology collection.

Cold Recall: Reflections of a Polar Explorer
March to June 2012

This exhibit tells the story of Roald Amundsen’s arctic expeditions. Amundsen was the first to reach the North Pole and navigate the Northwest Passage. This travelling exhibit was created by the Norwegian Embassy in Canada.

A Tradition in Decline:
Muskrat Trapping on the Crow Flats
August to October 2012

A multimedia exhibit documenting the Gwitchin tradition of muskrat trapping on the Crow Flats. Photographs by Justin Kennedy. Audio and text by Vivian Belik.

And many more...

MacBride Museum of Yukon History
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