MacBride Museum - Downtown

MacBride Museum - Downtown

Yukon's stories live here! From gold rush fever to the birth of Whitehorse, MacBride Museum offers a comprehensive view of the colourful characters and groundbreaking events that shaped Canada’s Yukon. MacBride also offers daily programs during the summer, a first-class gift shop, and a chance to try your hand at one of Yukon's oldest professions - gold panning.

MacBride Museum was named Canada's #1 most under-rated attraction by MSN Travel Canada. It was also named Yukon's favourite museum and attraction by a Yukon, North of Ordinary magazine readers' poll. We are currently expanding! New stories and exhibits will be opening between now and summer 2019.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Land and Light

From ancient times to the modern day, people of the Yukon have been profoundly affected by the landscape and have reflected this in their artwork and functional creations. Explore these objects and view the Ted Harrison Collection.

Taylor and Drury Gallery

From the beginning of the arrival of people over the Bering Land Bridge to the early boundary exploration and the well known Gold Rush to the impact of the First and Second World Wars, this gallery illustrates the key events that shaped the Yukon.

First Nations Gallery

There are 14 First Nations in the Yukon and this gallery explores their stories as the starting point for all of Yukon’s history and its present.

Natural World

This gallery features 35 different common Yukon mammals and birds displayed according to their natural habitats.


During World War Two the war came to the Yukon in the form of three major projects that still have lasting effects on the territory. Learn about the Lend Lead Program, the Alaska- Canada (ALCAN) Highway, and the CANOL pipeline.

Sam McGee’s Cabin

“There are strange things done in the midnight sun

By the men who moil for gold;

The Arctic trails have their secret tales

That would make your blood run cold;

The Northern Lights have seen queer sights.

But the queerest they ever did see

Was the night on the marge of Lake Lebarge

I cremated Sam McGee”

When those words were written by Robert Service, the name Sam McGee became famous. Visit the real Sam McGee’s cabin to learn about the man behind the Yukon legend.

The Woodchuck

Visit The Woodchuck, a 37 foot tunnel stern workboat formerly of the British Yukon Navigation Company, and learn about the history of the Yukon River and the boats that travelled it.

The Gold Rush

This gallery tells the story of the Klondike Gold Rush and how that enticing shiny mineral changed the Territory.