MacBride Museum - Downtown

MacBride Museum - Downtown

Yukon's first —and recently expanded - museum offers a comprehensive view of the resilient people and groundbreaking events that have shaped the territory's history. Home to 40,000 objects, our galleries illustrate stories from Yukon First Nations, the natural world, the Klondike Gold Rush and more. Our Innovators and Icons showcase examines present-day history and the people who built modern Yukon. We're also home to incredible art pieces, including a Ted Harrison collection and the Northern Lights icicles. Take it all in through engaging daily programming and storytelling, as well as a summer music series that runs from June to August. Yukon history lives here.

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! Two new galleries are open and the other will be finished by the end of May 2019. Join us to see new objects every week.

Galleries and Exhibitions

MacBride Museum offers a half city block of indoor and outdoor exhibitions illustrating the Yukon's modern history.  This outline of the galleries will help you navigate the Yukon's stories. 

Aurora Hall 

Enter MacBride Museum into Aurora Hall from Front Street.  This gallery houses the Northern Lights Icicle art installation; a partnership between MacBride and Lumel Studios with the support of our community.  Sponsors and creators include industry leaders, museum members, Yukon students, and mining businesses led by Victoria Gold Corp.

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.

From ance

The First Nation gallery offers an introduction to the Yukon's fourteen First Nations.  Visit MacBride as the starting point to these stories and follow-up with visits to Yukon cultural centers across the territory.

The Wild World

See an albino moose and thirty-five other special creatures up close and personal.  Put your hands on our animal fur samples and learn the difference between a bear rug and a coyote coat.  Explore our animal skull samples and find out if your head will REALLY fit into a polar bear's mouth.  

Sam McGee’s Cabin

Robert Service made the Yukon and Sam McGee famous.  Visit the real Sam McGee’s cabin to learn about the man behind the Yukon legend.

“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”

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 ALCAN

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.

The Gold Rush

This gallery tells the story of the Klondike Gold Rush and how that enticing shiny mineral changed the Territory.  Take a walk-through time into the land of gold. 

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.

Innovators and Icons

Coming in May 2019.